LABORATORY at Columbia University Medical Center

Wellington V. Cardoso, MD, PhD, is the Director of the Columbia Center for Human Development, Professor of Medicine at the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, and Professor of Genetics and Development at Columbia University Medical Center.


Dr. Cardoso’s research focuses on the mechanisms that regulate lung development and regeneration-repair of the lung. For nearly two decades his laboratory has been making relevant contributions to the field, providing insights into how developmental signals, such as retinoic acid, Fgf, Tgf beta and Notch control lung progenitor cell development, airway branching and epithelial differentiation. These studies have also contributed to the understanding of the mechanisms controlling lung regeneration-repair and of the impact of prenatal fetal exposures in the adult lung function and susceptibility to disease. Dr. Cardoso’s lab has been funded largely by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and is internationally recognized for its research and training in lung development.  Dr. Cardoso received his MD degree and his residency training in Pathology from the University of Brasilia, and his PhD from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). After concluding his postdoctoral studies at the University of British Columbia (Canada) and Boston University (MA), he became a faculty member and later served as the Associate Director of the Pulmonary Center and Director of the Program in Lung Development and Progenitor Cell Biology at Boston University School of Medicine. Over the course of his career as a Principal Investigator he has received multiple grant awards, including NIH-NHLBI RO1 and Program Project grants. He has served as Chair and reviewer in multiple NIH study section committees and has been invited as a speaker in scientific research conferences over Asia, Europe and the Americas.


Dr. Cardoso has recently joined the faculty of the Departments of Medicine and Genetics & Development at Columbia University and currently serves as Director of the Columbia Center for Human Development (CCHD). The Center integrates basic and clinical scientists across the medical campus to advance fundamental and translational research on mechanisms that regulate organ formation and repair-regeneration and to investigate the developmental basis of human disease


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