Rojas_Mauricio_720x720Vice Chair of Research, Department of Internal Medicine Professor

201 Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute
473 W. 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

Mauricio Rojas is a Professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Rojas received his undergraduate medical degree from the national University of Colombia and completed his postdoctoral training in Immunology at the Institute of Immunology, Colombia and Vanderbilt University. He has been a member of the American Thoracic Society since 2002. Dr. Rojas is a pioneer in the research of Mesenchymal Stem Cells as a mechanism of lung repair and the study of lung aging as a critical factor in the vulnerability to lung diseases. His ongoing projects include functional consequences of age-related exhaustion and senescence of mesenchymal cells and the development of human preclinical models for lung therapies. Emory University recognized his contributions with the Pulmonary Star Award in 2007 and the Early Career Award from the Department of Medicine in 2009. Subsequently, Dr. Rojas received the Dorothy Dillon Ewason Lecture Award for the American Federation of Aging (AFAR) in 2009, the Established Investigator Award from the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in 2013, and the Faculty Translation Award from the Division of Pulmonary at the University of Pittsburgh. He was a co-founder of the Stem Cell Working Group and the Aging Working Group, which he chaired while at the University of Pittsburgh. He also was awarded the Carol Basaum Award in 2014.

Research Interests

Dr. Rojas’ research focus on the aging of stem cell and disease susceptibility and cell therapy for the treatment of acute and chronic respiratory distress syndrome.

Education and Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville Tennessee
  • Fellow, International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi, India
  • Research Fellowship, Institute of Immunology, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia
  • M.D., Universidad Nacional de Colombia Medical School, Bogota, Colombia
  • B.S., Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia