Johnny Trinh, BS, left, and Sunny Palumbo, PhD, conduct research in the lab of Louise Hecker, PhD. (Photo by UAHS Biocommunications)Our mission is to engage in high quality, impactful science, with the goal of translating the basic science into the clinical arena. With the growing elderly population, there has been a rise in the incidence/prevalence of age-related lung diseases. Research in the Hecker laboratory is broadly focused on: (1) understanding how normal physiologic repair responses “go awry” in aging and their contribution to the pathogenesis of age-dependent lung diseases. (2) Developing novel treatments that target age-associated pathological mechanisms and ultimately promote repair. Our laboratory is composed of a talented team of experts and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that will help us achieve these goals. We believe that unlocking the secrets of how the repair process becomes less efficient in aging will lead to treatment strategies that could delay the onset of and/or reverse age-associated disease. We believe these therapeutic approaches will ultimately find their way to patients in order to help the elderly population live longer, healthier, and happier lives.