Luanne Hall-Stoodley Ph.D.
Name: Luanne Hall-Stoodley, PhD. Institution: The Ohio State University College of Medicine Department: Microbial Infection and Immunity Address: 714 Biomedical Research Tower 460 W. 12th Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43210 United States E-mail: Luanne.Hall-Stoodley@osumc.edu Brief background information: Dr. Hall-Stoodley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity in The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She has over 20 years of research experience studying respiratory bacterial-host interactions, and anti-infective therapies. Dr. Hall-Stoodley received her PhD in Immunology at Montana State University, and studied nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) as a Wellcome Trust Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. She continued post-doctoral training in microbial biology with J. William Costerton, and in pulmonary immunopathology with Allen Harmsen at Montana State University, where she studied mycobacteria and pneumococcus. She came to OSU from the University of Southampton in the UK, where her research focused on the microbial pathogenesis of pulmonary bacterial infections in patients with primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) and cystic fibrosis (CF). She is a member of Cure CF Columbus (C3), a joint collaboration between OSU and Nationwide Children's Hospital that is funded by CF Foundation's Research Development Program. As part of the C3 focus on the impact of CF immune dysfunction on infection, she has recently concentrated her research on Mycobacterium abscessus, a virulent NTM that disproportionately affects people with CF. M. abscessus is an emerging understudied NTM that urgently requires a deeper understanding of human pathophysiology. She is establishing how M. abscessus infects host cells using differentiated human macrophages from CF and non-CF patients to understand the innate cell mechanisms that drive pathogenesis in the context of CF.