Gabriel Maldonado Velez was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where he completed his undergraduate studies before moving to the mainland USA to pursue a Ph.D. in Medical and Molecular Genetics. Currently, he is a Ph.D. Candidate under the mentorship of Dr. Micheala A. Aldred.
After contributing to pulmonary research throughout her training and early investigator years, Dr. Lockett recently received a Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award (K01) and a PRIDE AGOLD Institute Award to pursue her own research goals.
After completing her Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine Fellowship in July of 2021, Dr. Nikki Smith assumed roles as Medical Director of the Center of Life for Thoracic Transplant (COLTT), Medical Director of the Solid Organ Transplant Unit, and Associate Director of ECMO in Spring of 2022.
Francesca Duncan, MD research interests include health disparities in lung cancer. Her work includes an exciting new field coined "social epigenomics" which has emerged as an integrative field of research focused on the identification of socio-environmental factors, their influence on human biology through epigenomic modifications, and how they contribute to current health disparities in lung cancer.