Sharon Rounds, MD

Sharon Rounds, MD
Sharon Rounds, MD is Co-Director of the CardioPulmonary Vascular Biology COBRE. She is also Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Brown University.

Dr. Rounds is a graduate of Wellesley College and of Tufts University School of Medicine. She trained in Internal Medicine at the University of California-San Francisco and did a Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship at the University of Colorado. She began her career at Boston University School of Medicine, rising to Associate Professor of Medicine. She was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown Medical School in 1987 and Professor of Medicine in 1994. She served as Associate Dean of Medicine (Faculty Affairs) at Brown from 2001-2006.

Dr. Rounds has combined careers in clinical pulmonary/critical care medicine, teaching, and research on the pulmonary circulation. Basic science research interests include mechanisms of endothelial cell injury, effects of post-translational processing on small GTPase function, and effects of cigarette smoking on the pulmonary circulation. Her clinical research interests are pulmonary hypertension and Combined Pulmonary Fibrosis and Emphysema. An author of over 100 publications, she has been continuously supported by research grants from the NIH and/or VA since 1981. She was elected President of the American Thoracic Society in 2004-05. In recognition of her research achievements, Dr. Rounds was honored by the American Thoracic Society with a Scientific Achievement Award in 2009. Dr. Rounds has served as a member of many study sections for the NIH and other groups. She is currently a full member of the Respiratory Integrative Biology and Translational Research (RIBT) study section. She was PI for 12 years of the NHLBI-sponsored R25 grant to enhance diversity in health related research. She is co-PI of the T32 CardioPulmonary Research Training grant to train postdoctoral fellows.

Sharon Rounds has experience with both research and training and will use this background to fulfill the CardioPulmonary COBRE goal to enhance pulmonary and cardiovascular research in the State of Rhode Island.

Elizabeth Harrington, PhD

Elizabeth Harrington, PhD is Co-Director of the CardioPulmonary Vascular Biology COBRE. She is also an Associate Dean, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Professor of Medicine (Research) Brown University.

Dr. Harrington received her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA in 1993 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Cardiovascular Division, Department of Medicine at the Beth Israel Hospital/ Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA from 1993-1997. In 1997, she joined the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, & Sleep Medicine with the Department of Medicine at Brown Medical School as an Instructor. During her time at Brown University, She has served as a mentor for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral trainees and clinical fellows.

Dr. Harrington has served as a Principal Investigator on various awards received from external granting agencies since 1998. She is the PI on 2 R25 training grants at Brown University, and the PI on a T35 training grant. She has authored 47 peer-reviewed research and reviews articles and book chapters. She is currently a member of the Planning Committee of Pulmonary Circulation Assembly of the American Thoracic Society, on the Research Council for the American Heart Association Founders Affiliate, chair of an American Heart Association study section, and on the editorial board for two scientific journals. Her research focuses on elucidating signaling mechanisms key in regulating blood vessel barrier function within the pulmonary vasculature.