Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Peter Abramoff

Second Advisor

Nicholas Calvanico

Third Advisor

Walter Fredricks

Fourth Advisor

Vernon Moore

Fifth Advisor

Jordan Fink


The primary functions of the lungs are gas exchange across the alveolar-capillary barrier and a biological barrier protecting the host from its sometimes harsh external environment. Normally the respiratory tract performs its functions so effectively that no pathologic consequences develop following the inhalation of foreign or noxious material.



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