Roopa Biswas


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics
USU Faculty
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Mechanism of regulation of Inflammation in Lung Diseases
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Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1997


Chronic diseases and even aging itself are known to damage the body by dys-regulated inflammatory processes. Dysregulated expression of the pro-inflammatory cytokine and chemokine genes are known to contribute to chronic inflammatory diseases. Recently, endogenous non-coding RNA (ncRNA) molecules, including long non-coding RNAs (LncRNAs) and microRNAs (miRNAs, miRs) have emerged as important targets in the frontier of biomedical research. These non-coding RNAs have been proven to be key regulators of gene expression. The ability to detect non-coding RNAs in biofluids has highlighted their usefulness as non-invasive markers of diseases, including lung diseases. The expression of specific non-coding RNAs is altered in many lung diseases and their levels in the circulation often reflect the changes in expression of their lung-specific counterparts. Therefore, exploiting these biomolecules as diagnostic tools seems an obvious goal. Our goal is to investigate the role of non-coding RNAs in Cystic Fibrosis lung disease and develop novel anti-inflammatory therapeutics for pulmonary disorders.

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