Alison May

Alison May, PhD

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Cell, Developmental & Regenerative Biology

Research Topics:

Aerodigestive Tract, Cell Biology, Cellular Differentiation, Computational Biology, Developmental Biology, Differentiation, Epigenetics, Epithelial Cells, Growth Factors and Receptors, Human Genetics and Genetic Disorders, Lung, Mucosal Immunology, Organogenesis, Stem Cells

Alison May, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Cell, Developmental, and Regenerative Biology and Otolaryngology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and a member of the Black Family Stem Cell Institute and the Institute of Airway Sciences. Her research investigates exocrine organ development and stem cell-mediated regeneration of multiple epithelial tissues including the respiratory gland and salivary gland systems. She obtained her PhD at King's College London where she characterized the morphogenesis and temporal localization of the nasal and tracheal submucosal glands and identified gene regulators of their development. During her postdoctoral research training at the University of California, San Francisco she defined regulatory mechanisms of multiple independent cell populations in both embyronic and adult salivary glands, and defined nerve-epithelial interactions required for gland progenitor cell maintenance, specification and organ repair. Her current work aims to define causative mechanisms of upper airway disease, inclduing Cystic Fibrosis and Chronic Rhinosinusitis, through defining alterations in the structure and function of epithelial tissues.

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BA, Trinity College Dublin

PhD, King's College London