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Vasanthi Sunil Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of PharmacyEOHSI – Toxicology
Work William Levine Hall Room 012 160 Frelinghuysen Road Piscataway NJ 08854 Work Phone: 848-445-6190 Work Fax: 732-445-2534
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Biographical Info

Research Interests

  • Mechanisms of pulmonary inflammation and repair
  • Effects of bacterial toxins, environmental pollutants and chemical warfare toxicants on lung function and gene regulation
  • Age-associated alterations in signaling pathways in the lung

Awards and Honors

  • 2003 New Jersey Cancer Research Award for Scientific Excellenc

Recent Publications

  1. Malaviya, R, Abramova, EV, Rancourt, RC, Sunil, VR, Napierala, M, Weinstock, D, Croutch, CR, Roseman, J, Tuttle, R, Peters, E et al.. Progressive Lung Injury, Inflammation, and Fibrosis in Rats Following Inhalation of Sulfur Mustard. Toxicol Sci. 2020;178 (2):358-374. doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfaa150. PubMed PMID:33002157 PubMed Central PMC7751178
  2. Sunil, VR, Vayas, KN, Abramova, EV, Rancourt, R, Cervelli, JA, Malaviya, R, Goedken, M, Venosa, A, Gow, AJ, Laskin, JD et al.. Lung injury, oxidative stress and fibrosis in mice following exposure to nitrogen mustard. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2020;387 :114798. doi: 10.1016/j.taap.2019.114798. PubMed PMID:31678244 PubMed Central PMC7066865
  3. Sunil, VR, Radbel, J, Hussain, S, Vayas, KN, Cervelli, J, Deen, M, Kipen, H, Udasin, I, Laumbach, R, Sunderram, J et al.. Sarcoid-Like Granulomatous Disease: Pathologic Case Series in World Trade Center Dust Exposed Rescue and Recovery Workers. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16 (5):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16050815. PubMed PMID:30845693 PubMed Central PMC6427752
  4. Sunil, VR, Vayas, KN, Cervelli, JA, Ebramova, EV, Gow, AJ, Goedken, M, Malaviya, R, Laskin, JD, Laskin, DL. Protective Role of Surfactant Protein-D Against Lung Injury and Oxidative Stress Induced by Nitrogen Mustard. Toxicol Sci. 2018;166 (1):108-122. doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfy188. PubMed PMID:30060251 PubMed Central PMC6204765
  5. Sunil, VR, Vayas, KN, Fang, M, Zarbl, H, Massa, C, Gow, AJ, Cervelli, JA, Kipen, H, Laumbach, RJ, Lioy, PJ et al.. World Trade Center (WTC) dust exposure in mice is associated with inflammation, oxidative stress and epigenetic changes in the lung. Exp Mol Pathol. 2017;102 (1):50-58. doi: 10.1016/j.yexmp.2016.12.005. PubMed PMID:27986442 PubMed Central PMC5472054
  6. Malaviya, R, Sunil, VR, Venosa, A, Vayas, KN, Businaro, R, Heck, DE, Laskin, JD, Laskin, DL. Macrophages and inflammatory mediators in pulmonary injury induced by mustard vesicants. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2016;1374 (1):168-75. doi: 10.1111/nyas.13123. PubMed PMID:27351588 PubMed Central PMC5119480
  7. Weinberger, B, Malaviya, R, Sunil, VR, Venosa, A, Heck, DE, Laskin, JD, Laskin, DL. Mustard vesicant-induced lung injury: Advances in therapy. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2016;305 :1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.taap.2016.05.014. PubMed PMID:27212445 PubMed Central PMC5119915
  8. Malaviya, R, Sunil, VR, Venosa, A, Vayas, KN, Heck, DE, Laskin, JD, Laskin, DL. Inflammatory mechanisms of pulmonary injury induced by mustards. Toxicol Lett. 2016;244 :2-7. doi: 10.1016/j.toxlet.2015.10.011. PubMed PMID:26478570 PubMed Central PMC4753082
  9. Malaviya, R, Sunil, VR, Venosa, A, Verissimo, VL, Cervelli, JA, Vayas, KN, Hall, L, Laskin, JD, Laskin, DL. Attenuation of Nitrogen Mustard-Induced Pulmonary Injury and Fibrosis by Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor-α Antibody. Toxicol Sci. 2015;148 (1):71-88. doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfv161. PubMed PMID:26243812 PubMed Central PMC4659692
  10. Sunil, VR, Francis, M, Vayas, KN, Cervelli, JA, Choi, H, Laskin, JD, Laskin, DL. Regulation of ozone-induced lung inflammation and injury by the β-galactoside-binding lectin galectin-3. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2015;284 (2):236-45. doi: 10.1016/j.taap.2015.02.002. PubMed PMID:25724551 PubMed Central PMC4408237
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