Dr. Hikmet Jamil is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Baghdad, Iraq and his PhD from the University of Manchester, England. He joins us from the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at Wayne State University, where he was the director of Translationary Community Outreach Research. Dr. Jamil will continue working on Community Outreach Research in our department. Dr. Jamil’s research interests include the impact of environmental exposure (work and home) on the health and wellbeing of new Americans (immigrants and refugees) in particular Arab/Chaldean people. He is also engaged in studies of the health effects from tobacco and waterpipe (hookah), and means to counteract the spread of waterpipe smoking among adolescents.
The effects of Gulf war on Lung in general and asthma in particular
Dr. Mishra received his DVM and MS from India before completing his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Oklahoma State University in 2011. Dr. Mishra completed his post-doctoral training from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), before joining as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017.
With obesity increasing to epidemic levels, understanding the implications of caloric restriction and excess on immune responsiveness may better focus our therapeutic interventions towards obese asthmatics. While previous studies have offered a fundamental understanding of immunological pathways in airway inflammation, our lab is focused to better understand the contribution of progenitor cells to the molecular mechanisms cardinal to obesity-associated airway inflammation. A specific objective of his research theme is to identify novel endogenous signaling pathways and druggable targets in committed progenitors. His lab investigates obesity-associated changes in dendritic cell function and airway inflammation. Dr. Mishra’s lab is currently developing a new research line at the interface between immunology and metabolism.