Lynn Schnapp, MD
Position title: Professor, Department of Medicine
1685 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53705-2281
Dr. Schnapp’s research broadly focuses on the processes that govern acute lung injury and its resolution. More specifically, she investigates how scar tissue forms during lung injury and diseases that damage lung function, such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Using unique mouse models to identify cells and pathways that may be potential targets for lung injury, Dr. Schnapp’s research incorporates state-of-the-art computational and pathway-focused network analysis to lung proteomics and transcriptomics data in order to identify novel pathways involved in lung diseases such as ARDS, sarcoidosis, and ventilator associated pneumonia.
More recently, her work has focused on the origin of lung myofibroblasts, and performed key fate mapping experiments demonstrating the importance of pericytes as myofibroblast progenitors in the lung. Her ongoing work is focused on understanding the roles of pericytes in the immune response and fibrotic response in the lung.