Scott M. Drouin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Center for Immunology & Autoimmune DiseasesScott.Drouin@uth.tmc.edu
Dr. Drouin's current research interests lie in understanding the molecular basis of obstructive pulmonary diseases such as asthma and COPD.
Dr. Drouin received a B.S. from Providence College in 1991, and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 1997. He pursued his post-doctoral training in the Research Center for Immunology and Autoimmmune Diseases from 1997-2002, where he was appointed Assistant Professor of Molecular Medicine in 2002.
His awards and honors include Alpha Epsilon Delta (Premedical Honor Society) in 1989, the American Institute of Chemists Student Award in 1991, an Award in Life Sciences for the Sigma Chi Graduate Student Reseach Day Competition in 1995, and a Young Investigator's Award from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2005.
He is a member of the American Association of Immunologists, the International Complement Society, and the American Thoracic Society.
Dr. Drouin's research interests have focused on the role of complement in the pathogenesis of asthma. His previous work has determined that human and mouse lung bronchial epithelial and smooth muscle cells express the complement anaphylatoxin receptors and that these receptors are selectively upregulated in a mouse models of pulmonary disease, implicating them as contributors to airway inflammation in the lung. He has also established an Aspergillus fumigatus murine model of pulmonary allergy and demonstrated a role for complement in the regulation of Th2 effector functions in lung inflammation using this model.