Nael A. McCarty Ph.D.


Nael McCarty, PhD, is the Marcus Professor of Cystic Fibrosis in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University. Dr. McCarty serves as Director of the Emory+Children's Cystic Fibrosis Center of Excellence, otherwise known as 'CF@LANTA' - the comprehensive CF program at Emory University and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, with ties to Georgia Tech. He is the Director of the Center for CF and Airways Disease Research, supported by Children's, and is PI on the CF@LANTA Research Development Program Center grant funded by the CF Foundation. He earned his Master's in marine biology in Wilmington, North Carolina, and his PhD in cell physiology in Houston, Texas. He then received postdoctoral training in molecular physiology at Caltech, before moving to Atlanta in 1994. His first academic position was as Assistant Professor of Physiology and Pediatrics at Emory, a position that he held for seven years. He then moved his lab to Georgia Tech in 2001 where he was Associate Professor in the School of Biology. The Department of Pediatrics recruited Dr. McCarty back to Emory late in 2007 as Senior CF Scientist and Associate Chief for Research in the PACS Division. He was promoted to Professor in 2015. Dr. McCarty's research has focused on CF since his postdoc days, where he started working to understand CFTR, the protein defective in CF. As an independent scientist, Dr. McCarty's research career has included basic science, translational, and clinical research, with strong focus on CF. His current work includes studies of the mechanism of action of novel and known CFTR-active compounds, and the mechanisms underlying the lung consequences of CF-related diabetes. His research program is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the CF Foundation. As Director of CF@LANTA, Dr. McCarty thinks that his most important work has been to gather investigators into the CF research community and provide infrastructure for their work, as well as serving as the face of the CF program across Atlanta in support of CF@LANTA's patients and families.