USF Health PhD student Ruan Cox earns American Heart Association Fellowship

Doctoral student Ruan Cox was awarded the American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowship for his work that examines the use of pro-resolving lipid mediators that may be beneficial treatment for acute lung injury.

Ruan Cox and lung study2 square

Cox works in the lab of Narasaiah Kolliputi, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Allergy and Immunology in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. Dr. Kolliputi and members of his lab recently published an article in the American Journal of Physiology detailing the effects of a proinflammatory complex believed to be important in acute lung injury progression.

Cox’s grant AHA proposal aims to attenuate the activity of this complex and thus reduce inflammation seen in acute lung injury.

Working in Dr. Kolliputi’s lab since 2010, Cox has presented his work at multiple international conferences, including those of the American Thoracic Society, World Allergy Organization, Experimental Biology 2013, Keystone Symposia, and American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.