Scientific Disciplines

Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute scientists work in a collaborative and flexible environment, teaming with investigators in other organizations to maximize complementary strengths, scientific knowledge and innovation. We readily form flexible, multidisciplinary teams with government agencies, universities, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, trade organizations and technology transfer start-ups to develop innovative and novel solutions to challenging problems. 


The quality, experience, and objectivity of the staff are broadly recognized in the scientific community.  Professional certifications of staff members include the American Board of Toxicology, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, American Board of Veterinary Toxicology, and American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.  LRRI scientists are frequently asked to serve on advisory committees by both government and industry because of their well-known blend of expertise, independence and objectivity.  LRRI scientists hold over 50 positions on national and international advisory boards, review panels, study sections, editorial boards, and offices in professional societies.

Our areas of expertise focus on the following four main areas:

Lung Biology & Respiratory Disease. LRRI integrates basic genetic, cellular and systems biology with animal models in a multidisciplinary approach to determine the causes and cures of respiratory diseases.

New Therapies & Preventions. LRRI offers state-of-the-art capabilities to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries for developing new therapies and preventions. 

Chemical, Biological & Radiological Threat Research. LRRI offers considerable chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) research capabilities to the defense community.

Environmental Toxicology & Human Health. LRRI has a strong environmental research program that investigates the health effects of exposures to airborne materials in the outdoor, indoor and workplace environments.