Who are the UCSD Sleep Research Lab?

Faculty

Atul Malhotra, MD
Atul Malhotra, MD
Professor and Division Chief, Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Chief interests: 
  • Pathogenesis of sleep apnea
  • Metabolic/cardiovascular complications of sleep disorders
  • Mechanical ventilation in acute respiratory distress syndrome

Robert Owens, MD
Robert Owens, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Chief interests:
  • Pathogenesis of sleep apnea
  • Sleep apnea and chronic lung disease
  • Mechanical ventilation in acute lung injury
Jeremy Orr, MD
Jeremy Orr, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Chief interests:
  • Sleep apnea in chronic lung and heart disease
  • Non-invasive ventilation
  • Control of breathing

Xavier Soler, MD, PhD
Xavier Soler, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine; Associate Director, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program; Associate Director, Clinical Trials Center & Airway Research Center
 Chief interests:
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Pathophysiology of COPD and asthma
  • Sleep disorders affecting COPD
Omar Mesarwi, MD
Omar Mesarwi, MD
Associate Physician
Chief interests:
  • Sleep apnea and hypoxia
  • Liver fibrosis and fatty liver disease
Rakesh Bhattacharjee, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Chief interests:
  • Pediatric sleep medicine
  • Pulmonology
Chantal Darquenne, PhD
Professor
Chief interests:
  • Aerosol deposition in the lung
  • Upper airway dynamics in sleep apnea
  • Pulmonary ventilation
Darquenne Lab Website

 

Postdoctoral Scholars

Naomi Deacon, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar Chief interests: 
  • Pathogenesis of sleep apnea
  • Chemosensitivity and control of breathing
  • Pathogenic mechanisms of intermittent hypoxemia
Dae Kang, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar Chief interests:
  • Wearable Physiological Monitoring
  • Sleep Signals Processing & Analytics
  • Physiological Dynamics During Sleep
Stuti Jaiswal, MD, PhD
Resident (Internal Medicine), KL2 Scholar

Staff


Pam De Young, Staff Research Associate

Janelle Fine
Janelle Fine, Development Engineer
Dillon Gilbertson, Staff Research Associate
Naa-Oye Bosompra, Staff Research Associate
Vicky Powell, Staff Research Associate
Stacie Moore, CRT-SDS, Staff Research Associate 

Collaborators

Frank L. Powell, PhD
Professor, Physiology Division Chief
Chief interests:
  • Control of ventilation, especially chemoreception
  • Comparative physiology of gas exchange
  • High Altitude
Powell Lab Website 
Susan R. Hopkins, MD, PhD
Professor (Physiology, Radiology)
Chief interests:
  • Exercise physiology
  • High altitude physiology
  • Functional lung imaging
  • Pulmonary gas exchange during exercise
  • Elite athlete training
David Dubowitz, MD, PhD
Associate Professor (Radiology)
Chief interests:
  • Physiology of functional MRI
  • MRI measurements of cerebral blood flow and metabolism
  • Acclimatization and deacclimatization to hypoxia at altitude

Tatum S. Simonson, PhD
Assistant Professor (Physiology)
Chief interests:
  • High-altitude physiology and genetic adaptations in highland populations
Simonson Lab Website 

Ann Elliott, PhD
Research Scientist (Physiology, Radiology)
Chief interests:
  • Functional lung imaging
  • Pulmonary gas exchange
Rebecca Theilmann, PhD
Assistant Researcher (Radiology)
Chief interests:
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Diffusion tensor imaging
Ajit Raisinghani, MD
Clinical Professor (Cardiology)

Erica Heinrich, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar (Physiology)
Chief interests:
  • Physiological genomics of high-altitude adaptation
  • Control of breathing

 

Alumni

Erik Smales, Staff Research Associate
Rachel Jen, MD, Visiting Scholar (Canada)
Sylvia Yanru Li, MD, Visiting Scholar (China)