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, Robert M., Elizabeth F. Redente, Yen-Rei Yu, Susanne Herold, Anne I. Sperling, Jeffrey L. Curtis, Ryan Duggan, et al. “Improving the Quality and Reproducibility of Flow Cytometry in the Lung. An Official American Thoracic Society Workshop Report..” Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol 61, no. 2 (August 2019): 150–61. https://doi.org/10.1165/rcmb.2019-0191ST.

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31368812
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Cyphert-Daly, Jaime M., Zhonghui Yang, Jennifer L. Ingram, Robert M. Tighe, and Loretta G. Que. “Physiologic response to chronic house dust mite exposure in mice is dependent on lot characteristics..” In J Allergy Clin Immunol, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaci.2019.07.019.

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31369802
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Birukova, Anastasiya, Jaime Cyphert-Daly, Robert Ian Cumming, Yen-Rei Yu, Kymberly M. Gowdy, Loretta G. Que, and Robert M. Tighe. “Sex Modifies Acute Ozone-Mediated Airway Physiologic Responses..” Toxicol Sci, June 1, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1093/toxsci/kfz056.

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30825310
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Tighe, Robert M., Karissa Heck, Erik Soderblom, Shutang Zhou, Anastasiya Birukova, Kenneth Young, Douglas Rouse, et al. “Immediate Release of Gastrin-Releasing Peptide Mediates Delayed Radiation-Induced Pulmonary Fibrosis..” Am J Pathol 189, no. 5 (May 2019): 1029–40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajpath.2019.01.017.

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30898588
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Lei, Beilei, Kamie Snow, Jacob Fang, Robert M. Tighe, Paloma H. Giangrande, and Francis J. Miller. “Inhalation of an RNA Aptamer Targeting Extracellular Histones Protects from Acute Lung Injury.” In Molecular Therapy, 27:334–334. CELL PRESS, 2019.

Scholars@Duke

Hussain, Salik, Collin G. Johnson, Joseph Sciurba, Xianglin Meng, Vandy P. Stober, Caini Liu, Annette B. Rice, et al. “TLR5 Participates in the TLR4 Receptor Complex and Biases Towards MyD88-Dependent Signaling in Environmental Lung Injury,” March 13, 2019.

Scholars@Duke

Tighe, Robert M., Anastasiya Birukova, Michael J. Yaeger, Sky W. Reece, and Kymberly M. Gowdy. “Euthanasia- and Lavage-mediated Effects on Bronchoalveolar Measures of Lung Injury and Inflammation..” Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol 59, no. 2 (August 2018): 257–66. https://doi.org/10.1165/rcmb.2017-0357OC.

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29481287
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Kilburg-Basnyat, Brita, Sky W. Reece, Miranda J. Crouch, Bin Luo, Andria D. Boone, Michael Yaeger, Myles Hodge, et al. “Specialized Pro-Resolving Lipid Mediators Regulate Ozone-Induced Pulmonary and Systemic Inflammation..” Toxicol Sci 163, no. 2 (June 1, 2018): 466–77. https://doi.org/10.1093/toxsci/kfy040.

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29471542
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