Lawrence W. Rasmussen received his BS from the University of Florida and an MS in Microbiology from Seton Hall University. Currently, he is a Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). Previously, he worked as a Research Associate in the lab of Dr. Ferl and Dr. Paul at the University of Florida and participated in collaborative studies with NASA and SpaceX examining the impact of space flight missions on plant growth. Under Dr. Vamsee Raju`s mentorship, his ongoing research involves understanding the physiologic function of non-neuronal alpha-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (alpha-7 nAchR) in airway epithelium including, the regulation of CFTR-mediated ion transport and lung host response to viral infections. Using a variety of laboratory models, he is actively repurposing alpha-7 nAchR agonists to treat airway disease symptoms in patients with cystic fibrosis and COPD.