Kristina Bailey Lab

Kristina L. Bailey, MD, Associate Professor
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep

Associate Vice Chair for Basic Research
Department of Internal Medicine
985910 Nebraska Medical Center
Telephone: 402.559.8834
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Research Focus
Dr. Bailey’s research focuses on how exposures such as heavy alcohol intake, smoking, organic dust exposures, cannabis use and aging affect pulmonary innate immunity and increase the risks of pneumonia.

The goal of my research
To understand how our lung's natural defenses change as we age. The lung is exposed to the outside world with every breath and needs a complex, redundant system to fight off infection. Understanding how these defenses change with aging is the first step to better prevention or treatment of pneumonia.

My research will make a difference because:
Pneumonia has very high rates of morbidity and mortality associated with it in older people. If we could prevent it, we could prolong the healthy life span.