Dr. Ali Ashare obtained her MD from Vanderbilt University and her PhD from the University of Iowa. After completing a residency in Internal Medicine and a Pulmonary Fellowship at the University of Iowa, she moved her clinical and research program to the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth where she is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology. Her research focuses on the role of lung macrophages in the development of regional inflammation in the lung. Currently her laboratory is investigating the potential mechanisms of regional heterogeneity of lung inflammation in patients with inflammatory lung diseases, with an emphasis on the investigation of regional differences in alveolar macrophage function in these patient populations. At Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, she is a physician-scientist in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and cares for patients with CF and other lung diseases. In addition, she is the Director of the Therapeutics Development Center at Dartmouth and facilitates collaborative clinical and translational research studies.