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Ilona Jaspers, MS, PhD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member researching inhaled toxicants and their effects on the respiratory mucosa.

Professor, Pediatrics, Microbiology & Immunology, Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Director, Curriculum in Toxicology and Environmental Medicine
Director, Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma, and Lung Biology
UNC-Chapel Hill

Area of Interest

My primary interest focuses on inhaled toxicants and their effects on the respiratory mucosa. These include ambient air pollutants, woodsmoke, cigarette smoke, and e-cigarettes as well as more complex mixtures such as military burn pits. Using in vitro and human in vivo experimental approaches, my research examines mechanism by which inhaled toxicants modify cells lining the respiratory tract, factors enhancing susceptibility, and potential interventions to reduce severity of disease.

Awards and Honors

  • Jeffrey Houpt Innovator Award, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2023
  • Mentoring Award, Department of Pediatrics, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2021

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