Core Faculty

Core Faculty

Alister Bates, PhD

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Instructor, Pulmonary Medicine

Alister’s research focuses on the human airways and how they alter with various diseases. Currently he is researching airway behavior in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children and tracheomalacia in premature babies. The goal is to determine how airway problems effect patient’s symptoms and to separate the effect of airway abnormalities from lung disease.

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Laura Walkup, PhD

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Assistant Professor, Pulmonary Medicine  

Dr. Walkup received her Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 2013 from Southern Illinois University where her dissertation work focused on the physics and production of hyperpolarized xenon-129 gas for magnetic-resonance applications.  She is currently a NIH K99-supported Research Associate in the Center for Pulmonary Imaging Research.  Her research focuses on all aspects of hyperpolarized-gas MRI research, including the design and construction of a xenon polarizer for pediatric pulmonary imaging.

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