Professor Jane Lucas, research lead for rare lung diseases
A respiratory pediatrician and researcher, Jane leads the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre's research into rare lung diseases and the respiratory theme's education and training. Her focus is improving the diagnosis and treatment of children with a rare lung disease, primary ciliary dyskinesia.
Supporting respiratory researchers
Jane is the lead for rare lung disease research, and is education and training lead for the respiratory research theme within the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre. Her research closely integrates clinical service, research and education, and her team compromises clinicians, laboratory scientists and social scientists.
Improving PCD patients' lives
Jane's respiratory research focuses on understanding the genetics of primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) and how this leads to disease, with a view to diagnosing patients earlier and finding new treatment options. She also investigates the role of ciliated respiratory epithelium in disease and health, including the interaction between cilia and bacteria.
Jane chairs BEATPCD, a global network of clinicians and researchers aiming to find new treatments for PCD, and the European Respiratory Society PCD Task Force, developing guidelines for diagnosis.
Having graduated in medicine from the University of Southampton in 1989, she started her career in clinical paediatrics before undertaking specialist training in paediatric allergy and chest medicine.
She returned to University of Southampton in 2002 to develop in research of allergy and respiratory, graduating with a PhD in 2006. In 2006 Jane was awarded a HEFCE Senior Lectureship, and was appointed to a personal chair in the Faculty of Medicine in 2015.