Robert Matthew Tighe, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Campus mail Duke Box 2629, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 684-4894
Email address robert.tighe@duke.edu

The research focus of my laboratory is to identify susceptibility factors and candidate pathways relevant to host biological responses to environmental pollutants. By carefully dissecting these links, we will gain insight into how environmental pollutants acutely induce respiratory symptoms and exacerbate chronic lung diseases. This can lead to targeted therapeutics and/or identify susceptible populations.

The central hypothesis of my research is that macrophages are key regulators of the biologic responses to environmental pollutants and the development of pulmonary fibrosis. My laboratory has pioneered the identification of novel pulmonary macrophage subsets and has defined their function in lung injury and repair. In both published work and areas of active investigation, we have identified macrophage subsets with unique genetic programming and function after challenges with environmental exposures such as ozone, wood smoke and silica. Since macrophages have both detrimental and protective functions, identifying these subsets offers the opportunity to understand their unique programing and function. This could allow development of targeted therapeutics that take advantage of these functions, polarize the immune responses and alleviate respiratory disease.

Education and Training

  • Fellowship, Pulmonary And Critical Care, Duke University School of Medicine, 2006 - 2010
  • Resident, Internal Medicine, Boston University, 2002 - 2006
  • M.D., University of Tennessee, Memphis, 2002

Publications

Tighe, RM, Heck, K, Soderblom, E, Zhou, S, Birukova, A, Young, K, Rouse, D, Vidas, J, Komforti, MK, Toomey, CB, Cuttitta, F, and Sunday, ME. "Immediate Release of Gastrin-Releasing Peptide Mediates Delayed Radiation-Induced Pulmonary Fibrosis." The American Journal of Pathology (March 18, 2019).

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Birukova, A, Cyphert-Daly, J, Cumming, RI, Yu, Y-R, Gowdy, KM, Que, LG, and Tighe, RM. "Sex Modifies Acute Ozone-Mediated Airway Physiologic Responses." Toxicological Sciences : an Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology (March 2, 2019).

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30825310
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Tighe, RM, Birukova, A, Yaeger, MJ, Reece, SW, and Gowdy, KM. "Euthanasia- and Lavage-mediated Effects on Bronchoalveolar Measures of Lung Injury and Inflammation." American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology 59, no. 2 (August 2018): 257-266.

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29481287
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Kilburg-Basnyat, B, Reece, SW, Crouch, MJ, Luo, B, Boone, AD, Yaeger, M, Hodge, M, Psaltis, C, Hannan, JL, Manke, J, Armstrong, ML, Reisdorph, N, Tighe, RM, Shaikh, SR, and Gowdy, KM. "Specialized Pro-Resolving Lipid Mediators Regulate Ozone-Induced Pulmonary and Systemic Inflammation." Toxicological Sciences : an Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology 163, no. 2 (June 2018): 466-477.

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29471542
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Que, LG, Yang, Z, Lugogo, NL, Katial, RK, Shoemaker, SA, Troha, JM, Rodman, DM, Tighe, RM, and Kraft, M. "Effect of the S-nitrosoglutathione reductase inhibitor N6022 on bronchial hyperreactivity in asthma." Immunity, Inflammation and Disease 6, no. 2 (June 2018): 322-331.

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29642282
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Garantziotis, S, and Tighe, RM. "Inflammation Gets on the Lung's Nerves: IL-17 and Neuroendocrine Cells Mediate Ozone Responses in Obesity." American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology 58, no. 3 (March 2018): 284-285.

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29493325
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Tighe, RM, and Garantziotis, S. "Hyaluronan interactions with innate immunity in lung biology." Matrix Biology : Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology (February 2, 2018). (Review)

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29410190
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Yang, Z, Daly, J, Winnica, DE, Holguin, F, McQuade, V, Ingram, JL, Tighe, RM, and Que, LG. "Characterization of Paraoxonases in Mice with Obese Allergic Asthma." International Conference of the American-Thoracic-Society. San Diego, CA. May 18, 2018 - May 23, 2018.: AMER THORACIC SOC, January 1, 2018.

Scholars@Duke

Ingram, JL, McQuade, V, Theriot, B, Niu, J, Daly, J, Wong, J, Tong, J, Tighe, RM, Que, LG, and D'Alessio, D. "Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy in Allergen-Challenged Obese Mice Is Associated with Reduced Airway Resistance and Fibrosis." International Conference of the American-Thoracic-Society. San Diego, CA. May 18, 2018 - May 23, 2018.: AMER THORACIC SOC, January 1, 2018.

Scholars@Duke

Gowdy, KM, Reece, SW, Cuddapah, KL, Kilburg-Basnyat, B, Psaltis, C, Hondros, A, McMahon, TJ, Zeczycki, T, and Tighe, RM. "CD163 Protects Against Ozone Increased Susceptibility to Bacterial Pneumonia." International Conference of the American-Thoracic-Society. San Diego, CA. May 18, 2018 - May 23, 2018.: AMER THORACIC SOC, January 1, 2018.

Scholars@Duke

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