University of Pennsylvania / School of Medicine / Beers Lab
Michael F. Beers, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Surfactant Biology Laboratories
Translational Research Center - Room 11-104
3400 Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-5159
Telephone: (215) 898-9106
Fax: (215) 746-5985
- MD: University of Pennsylvania
- Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
- Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania
- Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship: Institute for Environmental Medicine
Michael Beers has pursued an academic career centered in basic research of surfactant protein metabolism and lung epithelial cell biology. He currently holds a joint appointment as Professor of Medicine in the Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Division and Senior Investigator at the Institute for Environmental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
- As a native Philadelphian and graduate of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Beers completed Medical School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. His post-graduate training has included an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, and Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Beers trained as a postdoctoral research fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Aron Fisher at the Institute for Environmental Medicine at PENN and joined the faculty at PENN in 1993.
- Dr Beers serves as Group Leader for the following active projects:
- Biosynthetic Pathways for expression of SP-C : The cellular metabolism of surfactant protein C with emphasis on the intracellular trafficking of SP-C and the role of Nedd4-2 Ubiquitin Ligase.
- SP-C Mutations, Proteostasis, and Parenchymal Lung Disease. Using SP-C as a model, we are characterizing the mechanisms underlying the development of cellular dysfunction and apoptosis in vitro leading to the development of conformational lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis in vivo.
- Host Defense Roles of Surfactant: The role of surfactant and specifically the pulmonary collectins (surfactant proteins A and D) in the modulation of inflammation and injury.
- Dr Beers serves as Director of Basic Research Training and Co-Director of the NIH T32 training grant for post-doctoral research in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division. If you are interested in post-doctoral fellowship training, contact Dr. Beers via e-mail.