Jacob Herrmann, PhD candidate in biomedical engineering, is featured as an Early Career Professional in the Respiratory Structure-Function (RSF) Assembly of the American Thoracic Society (ATS).

Herrmann's current focus involves an engineering approach to modeling and experimentally quantifying the distribution of injurious lung stretch during high ‐ frequency and multi ‐ frequency cillatory ventilation. The long ‐ term goal of this research is to develop patient ‐ specific optimized ventilation strategies, tuning the frequency content of ventilator waveforms to minimize the risk of ventilator ‐ induced lung injury.

Herrmann is studying under David Kaczka, UI professor of anesthesiology and biomedical engineering.

The RSF Early Career Professional Working Group consists of graduate students, post-doctoral and clinical fellows, and junior faculty from three continents with the goal to ensure that the views of the junior members of the Assembly on RSF, are brought forth to the Assembly leadership.

Respiratory Structure and Function (RSF) serves as one of the broadest with scientific interests in integrative physiology, airways function, pulmonary vasculature, lung parenchyma, and skeletal muscle in health and disease.  Members use a broad skill set that includes cellular and molecular techniques and mathematical modeling while translating their work in fundamental models to patients. 

The mission of the ATS is improve health worldwide by advancing research, clinical care, and public health in respiratory disease, critical illness, and sleep disorders.

The read more about Jacob Herrmann, go to https://www.thoracic.org/members/assemblies/assemblies/rsf/ecp-highlights/resources/rsf-ecp-highlight-jherrmann.pdf.