James P. Garnett Ph.D.

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH &Co. KG

I am a Respiratory Lab Leader at Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany and an Associate Lecturer at Newcastle University, UK. I am interested in the role of glucose in the respiratory tract and in particular how it promotes bacterial lung infections in Cystic Fibrosis and CF Related Diabetes. My research focusses on understanding the role played by glucose as a growth source for bacteria, how changes in metabolism alter immune responses and how glucose levels are regulated by the airway epithelium to keep concentrations low. I also retain a strong interest in the role of airway surface liquid pH and epithelial bicarbonate secretion in airway homeostasis. Through my position at Boehringer Ingelheim I have a wider interest in the role of the respiratory epithelium in respiratory disease. I also currently serve as the convenor of the Epithelia & Membrane Transport theme/section of The Physiological Society, UK.