Research and Principal Investigators

Program Director
Principal Investigator of the CardioPulmonary Vascular Biology COBRE

Sharon Rounds, MDSharon Rounds, MD
Chief of Medical Service at the Providence VA Medical Center
Professor of Medicine and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Sharon Rounds, MD is a graduate of Wellesley College and of Tufts University School of Medicine. She trained in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and did a pulmonary/critical care fellowship at the University of Colorado. Rounds has experience with both research and training and will use this background to fulfill the CardioPulmonary COBRE goal to enhance pulmonary and cardiovascular research in the State of Rhode Island. Learn more about Sharon Rounds, MD.

Deputy Program Director

Elizabeth Harrington, PhDElizabeth Harrington, PhD
Associate Dean, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies; 
Associate Professor of Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Elizabeth Harrington received her PhD in biological chemistry from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the cardiovascular division, department of medicine at the Beth Israel Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston. Her research focuses on elucidating signaling mechanisms key in regulating blood vessel barrier function within the pulmonary vasculature. Learn more about Elizabeth Harrington, PhD.

Principal Investigators

Qing Lu, PhDQing Lu, DVM, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Principal Investigator of Study 1: Plasma Adenosine

Qing Lu, DVM, PhD is an assistant professor of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a research biologist at Providence VA Medical Center. Lu’s research focuses on lung endothelial biology and pulmonary diseases associated with cigarette smoke and adenosine signaling. The overall goal of her research is to advance understanding of lung diseases and to develop novel therapeutic strategies to effectively treat lung diseases. Learn more about Qing Lu, DVM.

Joanne Lomas-Neira, PhDJoanne Lomas-Neira, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgical Research, Rhode Island Hospital
Principal Investigator of Study 2: Effects of Angiopoietins on Shock/Sepsis-Induced Acute Lung Injury

Joanne Lomas-Neira, PhD is an assistant professor of surgery in the department of surgical research at Rhode Island Hospital and a junior investigator at the CardioPulmonary Vascular Biology COBRE. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island receiving undergraduate degrees in business and microbiology, a masters degree in cytopathology and PhD in cell/molecular biology. Her research focuses on the roles of angiopoietins 1 and 2 in endothelial and neutrophil activation in the development of acute lung injury. Learn more about Joanne Lomas-Neira, PhD.

Ruhul Abid, MDRuhul Abid, MD, PhD
Principal Investigator, Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) at Rhode Island Hospital
Assistant Professor, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Principal Investigator of Study 3: Ischemic Heart Disease

Ruhul Abid, MD, PhD is a principal investigator at the Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) at Rhode Island Hospital and an assistant professor at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He received his MD from Dhaka Medical College in Bangladesh with special training on hypertension and related diseases. He received his PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry from the graduate school of science, Nagoya University, Japan. Learn more about Ruhul Abid, MD.

Peng Zhang, MDPeng Zhang, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rhode Island Hospital and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Principal Investigator of Study 4: Regulation of Cardiac Fibroblast Function by MicroRNAs

Peng Zhang MD is an assistant professor of medicine at Rhode Island Hospital and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is a graduate of Shanxi Medical University in China and the University of Rhode Island. His long-term research goals are to advance the understanding of signaling mechanisms that determine cardiac fibroblast function and to devise new therapeutic strategies for cardiac remodeling that should ultimately benefit patients with cardiopulmonary vascular disease. Learn more about Peng Zhang, MD.

Corey Venteuolo, MDCorey Ventetuolo, MD
Director, Adult ECMO Program, Rhode Island Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Principal Investigator of Study 5: Sex and Haemodynamics in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Corey Ventetuolo, MD is the director of the adult ECMO program at Rhode Island Hospital and an assistant professor in medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She earned her medical degree at Tufts University in Boston and a masters degree in biostatistics at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Her research focuses on the influence of sex and sex hormone pathways on angiogenesis, endothelial function and the cardiopulmonary interaction in pulmonary vascular disease. Learn more about Corey Venteluolo, MD.

Learn more about the CardioPulmonary Vascular Biology COBRE at CPVB.org