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Kambez Benam

TitleAsst Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
DepartmentSOM-MED

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    Our lab applies a multidisciplinary approach to design and develop bio-inspired technologies that enable us to elucidate cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern tissue pathology or offer protection during lung injury. Our research lies at the intersection of respiratory medicine, immuno-microbiology, tissue engineering, and systems and synthetic biology. Ultimately, our goal is to discover novel druggable targets and personalized diagnostics using microengineered systems that recreate complex human organ pathophysiology in vitro.

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    1. Jimenez-Valdes RJ, Can UI, Niemeyer BF, Benam KH. Where We Stand: Lung Organotypic Living Systems That Emulate Human-Relevant Host-Environment/Pathogen Interactions. Front Bioeng Biotechnol. 2020; 8:989. PMID: 32903497.
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    2. Benam KH, Novak R, Ferrante TC, Choe Y, Ingber DE. Biomimetic smoking robot for in vitro inhalation exposure compatible with microfluidic organ chips. Nat Protoc. 2020 02; 15(2):183-206. PMID: 31925401.
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    3. Benam KH, Gilchrist S, Kleensang A, Satz AB, Willett C, Zhang Q. Exploring new technologies in biomedical research. Drug Discov Today. 2019 06; 24(6):1242-1247. PMID: 30953865.
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    4. Benam KH, Denney L, Ho LP. How the Respiratory Epithelium Senses and Reacts to Influenza Virus. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2019 03; 60(3):259-268. PMID: 30372120.
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    5. Benam KH, Vladar EK, Janssen WJ, Evans CM. Mucociliary Defense: Emerging Cellular, Molecular, and Animal Models. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2018 11; 15(Suppl 3):S210-S215. PMID: 30431350.
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    6. Kambez H. Benam. Disrupting Experimental Strategies for Inhalation Toxicology: The Emergence of Microengineered Breathing-Smoking Human Lung-on-a-Chip. 2018; 4(2).
    7. Benam KH, Königshoff M, Eickelberg O. Breaking the In Vitro Barrier in Respiratory Medicine. Engineered Microphysiological Systems for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Beyond. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 04 01; 197(7):869-875. PMID: 29262260.
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    8. Niemeyer BF, Zhao P, Tuder RM, Benam KH. Advanced Microengineered Lung Models for Translational Drug Discovery. SLAS Discov. 2018 09; 23(8):777-789. PMID: 29447055.
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    9. Cole SL, Dunning J, Kok WL, Benam KH, Benlahrech A, Repapi E, Martinez FO, Drumright L, Powell TJ, Bennett M, Elderfield R, Thomas C, Dong T, McCauley J, Liew FY, Taylor S, Zambon M, Barclay W, Cerundolo V, Openshaw PJ, McMichael AJ, Ho LP. M1-like monocytes are a major immunological determinant of severity in previously healthy adults with life-threatening influenza. JCI Insight. 2017 Apr 06; 2(7). PMID: 28406797.
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    10. Cole SL, Dunning J, Kok WL, Benam KH, Benlahrech A, Repapi E, Martinez FO, Drumright L, Powell TJ, Bennett M, Elderfield R, Thomas C, Dong T, McCauley J, Liew FY, Taylor S, Zambon M, Barclay W, Cerundolo V, Openshaw PJ, McMichael AJ, Ho LP. M1-like monocytes are a major immunological determinant of severity in previously healthy adults with life-threatening influenza. JCI Insight. 2017 04 06; 2(7):e91868. PMID: 28405622.
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    11. Benam KH, Mazur M, Choe Y, Ferrante TC, Novak R, Ingber DE. Human Lung Small Airway-on-a-Chip Protocol. Methods Mol Biol. 2017; 1612:345-365. PMID: 28634955.
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    12. Benam KH, Ingber DE. Commendation for Exposing Key Advantage of Organ Chip Approach. Cell Syst. 2016 11 23; 3(5):411. PMID: 27883885.
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    13. Benam KH, Novak R, Nawroth J, Hirano-Kobayashi M, Ferrante TC, Choe Y, Prantil-Baun R, Weaver JC, Bahinski A, Parker KK, Ingber DE. Matched-Comparative Modeling of Normal and Diseased Human Airway Responses Using a Microengineered Breathing Lung Chip. Cell Syst. 2016 11 23; 3(5):456-466.e4. PMID: 27894999.
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    14. Benam KH, Villenave R, Lucchesi C, Varone A, Hubeau C, Lee HH, Alves SE, Salmon M, Ferrante TC, Weaver JC, Bahinski A, Hamilton GA, Ingber DE. Small airway-on-a-chip enables analysis of human lung inflammation and drug responses in vitro. Nat Methods. 2016 Feb; 13(2):151-7. PMID: 26689262.
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    15. Benam KH, Dauth S, Hassell B, Herland A, Jain A, Jang KJ, Karalis K, Kim HJ, MacQueen L, Mahmoodian R, Musah S, Torisawa YS, van der Meer AD, Villenave R, Yadid M, Parker KK, Ingber DE. Engineered in vitro disease models. Annu Rev Pathol. 2015; 10:195-262. PMID: 25621660.
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    16. Cole SL, Benam KH, McMichael AJ, Ho LP. Involvement of the 4-1BB/4-1BBL pathway in control of monocyte numbers by invariant NKT cells. J Immunol. 2014 Apr 15; 192(8):3898-907. PMID: 24639347.
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    17. Kok WL, Denney L, Benam K, Cole S, Clelland C, McMichael AJ, Ho LP. Pivotal Advance: Invariant NKT cells reduce accumulation of inflammatory monocytes in the lungs and decrease immune-pathology during severe influenza A virus infection. J Leukoc Biol. 2012 Mar; 91(3):357-68. PMID: 22003207.
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    18. Benam KH, Kok WL, McMichael AJ, Ho LP. Alternative spliced CD1d transcripts in human bronchial epithelial cells. PLoS One. 2011; 6(8):e22726. PMID: 21853044.
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