TOPIC: “Scaling Physiologic Function from Cell to Tissue in Asthma, Development, and Cancer”
SPEAKER: Jeffrey J. Fredberg, PhD, Professor of Bioengineering and Physiology, Program in Molecular and Integrative Physiological Sciences (MIPS), Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston
Dr. Fredberg earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and his master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and engineering as well as his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1986 and became a professor of bioengineering and physiology in 1991. He was founder of The Biomechanics Institute (1973-91) and was director of Harvard’s Program in Molecular and Integrative Physiological Sciences from 1997-2006. Among his honors, he is a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and American Physiological Society—for which he was the Walter B. Cannon Memorial Lecturer in 2010. Since 2010, he has served as editor for Comprehensive Physiology: Respiratory Mechanics for the society as well. He won the Joseph R. Rodarte Award for distinguished scientific achievement in 2003 from the American Thoracic Society, for which he has been chair of the Respiratory Structure and Function Assembly Committee. He also won the Massachusetts Thoracic Society’s Chadwick Medal in 2004. In 2015, he was the Peter T. Macklem Meorial Lecturer at Canada’s McGill University. Dr. Fredberg now serves as on several editorial boards of medical journals and as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at Boston Biomedical Research Institute Inc. and the Scientific Council of the Parker B. Francis Foundation.
Among his most recent publications:
- “Contribution of Rostral Fluid Shift to Intrathoracic Airway Narrowing in Asthma” – J Appl Physiol (1985). 2017 Jan 12:jap.00969.2016. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00969.2016. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28082337
- “Non-equilibrium cytoquake dynamics in cytoskeletal remodeling and stabilization” – Soft Matter. 2016 Oct 19;12(41):8506-8511. PMID: 27722665
- “Airway and Parenchymal Strains during Bronchoconstriction in the Precision Cut Lung Slice” – Front Physiol. 2016 Jul 21;7:309. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2016.00309. PMID: 27559314
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