David Garcia, a year 4 graduate student, is the recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. "Through this award," according to the NIH, "promising predoctoral students will obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting well-defined research projects in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers."
David is a Chemistry Ph.D. candidate in the lab of Prof. Phyllis Dennery, Professor of Molecular/Cellular Biology and Biochemistry and Chair of Pediatrics at Brown. One major focus of the Dennery Lab's research is on the mechanism and repair of the lung disease bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in premature infants. This fellowship will support David's work in understanding the way in which hyperoxia (high levels of oxygen) disrupts the bioenergetics and cellular function of lung type II epithelial cells.