Dr. Jahar Bhattacharya, MD, DPhil, Professor of Medicine, is the Director of Lung Research at the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the CUMC. He has been a researcher for over thirty years with an interest in the biology of acute lung injury. Dr. Bhattacharya graduated in medicine from the Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India. He was cardiology resident at the Radcliff Infirmary, Oxford, UK. Subsequently, he obtained a Ph.D. from Oxford University, and then completed his postdoctoral training at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Bhattacharya's research has been supported by NIH funding and he has served on multiple NIH study sections both as permanent and ad hoc member. He serves as member of Advisory Board for the Cardiopulmonary System, Universities of Giessen, Frankfurt and Max-Planck Inst., Germany and as reviewer for multiple journals. He served on the Executive Committee of the APS Respiration Section and was Chair of the Pulmonary Circulation Assembly of the American Thoracic Society. He has given invited lectures at national and international meetings and has won awards including the Rhodes Scholarship, the American Thoracic Society's Research Recognition Award, the MERIT award of the NIH, and the Julius Comroe award of the American Physiological Society. Ongoing projects in the Bhattacharya lab continue to be focused on basic mechanisms of acute lung injury and include optical imaging studies of macrophage-epithelial interactions, mitochondrial transfer between cells, lung procoagulant mechanisms, endothelial barrier biophysics and therapeutic effectiveness of cell-penetrating peptides. Dr. Bhattacharya directs the PACC’s T32 training program.