Welcome to the Kang Lab Site

Background and Research Focus

My prior years of collaborative experience in the laboratory of Dr. Jack Elias and Dr. Chun Geun Lee have included studies focused on the pathogenesis of cigarette-smoke (CS) -induced lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), wherein we demonstrated that the IL-18 system plays an important role in the pathogenesis of CS-induced emphysematous lung destruction.

Current Projects

  1. Mitochondrial dysfunction and mitophagy in COPD
  2. NLRX1-inhibiting-MAVS-dependent inflammasome in COPD and Cs- and virus-associated disorders
  3. Role(s) of Interleukin-18 in pulmonary inflammation and tissue remodeling responses

Principal Investigator

Min-Jong Kang, MD, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine)