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Kassandra Allbright, MD

    Education & Training

  • BS - Neuroscience – Northeastern University
  • MD – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Internal Medicine Residency – Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Research Summary

My research focuses on the epithelial stem and progenitor cell populations that serve as a facultative reservoir in the distal lung in the context of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. We are particularly interested in exploring translatable therapeutic targets (e.g. within the Wnt/B-catenin pathway) with the goal of enhancing native alveolar regeneration in the face of progressive emphysema.  

Career Goals

 I am working toward a career as an independent basic and translational physician-scientist in an academic setting, working toward an improved understanding of the pathogenesis of COPD, as well as the development of treatments for this common disease for which no disease-modifying therapies currently exist.  I plan to spend my clinical time treating patients with both acute respiratory failure in the medical ICU and chronic respiratory failure in the outpatient setting, predominantly those with COPD.