Dr. Ayala is Professor of Surgery (Research) at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University School of Medicine. He serves/ served as both a standing and an ad hoc member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Surgery Anesthesia Trauma (SAT)-Study Section, various NIH site visit teams, served on the Veteran's Administration (VA)-Department of Defense (DoD) Merit Review Board and Wellcome Trust as well as Shriners Hospitals. He has been recognized by his peers through election to President (04'-05'), Treasurer (02'-04'), and Scientific Program Chairman (01') of the Shock Society; as Recorder/Executive Council (05'-07') of the Surgical Infection Society, and by appointment to the Society of Leukocyte Biology council (11'-present). Dr. Ayala was also the recipient of the Shock Society's 10th annual 'Scientific Achievement Award' (07') and the 15th annual 'Distinguished Service Award'. He has over 290 manuscripts/review articles to his credit and has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1991. He is also a member of the training faculty of the Brown University Graduate Pathobiology Program and is an adjunct Professor/mentor in the Univ. R.I. graduate program in the Department of Cellular & Molecular Biology.
During his tenure at Brown University, and previously at Michigan State University, Dr. Ayala has had the privilege of mentoring students ranging from undergraduates and medical students to residents and post-doctoral fellows. Dr. Ayala's research interests include differential effects of sepsis on immune cell function; the role of programmed cell death/apoptosis in immune dysfunction observed following hemorrhage and/or sepsis; as well as the contribution of the apoptotic process to phagocyte mediated acute lung injury resultant from shock and/or septic insults.