Robert Matthew Tighe, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Assistant Professor
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 Health Science Center, 2002

Publications

Vose, Aaron, Matthew McCravy, Anastasiya Birukova, Zhonghui Yang, John W. Hollingsworth, Loretta G. Que, and Robert M. Tighe. “Wood smoke particle exposure in mice reduces the severity of influenza infection.” Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 426 (September 1, 2021): 115645. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.taap.2021.115645.

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34271066
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Mummy, David G., Elianna A. Bier, Ziyi Wang, Jennifer Korzekwinski, Lake Morrison, Christina Barkauskas, H Page McAdams, Robert M. Tighe, Bastiaan Driehuys, and Joseph G. Mammarappallil. “Hyperpolarized 129Xe MRI and Spectroscopy of Gas-Exchange Abnormalities in Nonspecific Interstitial Pneumonia.” Radiology, July 27, 2021, 204149. https://doi.org/10.1148/radiol.2021204149.

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34313473
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Yaeger, M. J., S. W. Reece, B. Kilburg-Basnyat, M. X. Hodge, A. Pal, K. Dunigan-Russell, B. Luo, et al. “Sex Differences in Pulmonary Eicosanoids and Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators in Response to Ozone Exposure.” Toxicol Sci, June 27, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1093/toxsci/kfab081.

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34175951
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Reece, Sky W., Sanjay Varikuti, Brita Kilburg-Basnyat, Katelyn Dunigan-Russell, Myles X. Hodge, Bin Luo, Jennifer H. Madenspacher, et al. “Scavenger Receptor BI Attenuates IL-17A-Dependent Neutrophilic Inflammation in Asthma.” Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol 64, no. 6 (June 2021): 698–708. https://doi.org/10.1165/rcmb.2020-0007OC.

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33647226
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Wang, Ziyi, Leith Rankine, Elianna A. Bier, David Mummy, Junlan Lu, Alex Church, Robert M. Tighe, et al. “Using hyperpolarized 129Xe gas-exchange MRI to model the regional airspace, membrane, and capillary contributions to diffusing capacity.” J Appl Physiol (1985) 130, no. 5 (May 1, 2021): 1398–1409. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00702.2020.

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33734831
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Novak, Caymen M., Robert M. Tighe, and Megan N. Ballinger. “What Is "Normal" When Examining Myeloid Cells in Human Airways?” Am J Respir Crit Care Med 203, no. 8 (April 15, 2021): 931–32. https://doi.org/10.1164/rccm.202010-3932ED.

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33181037
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McCumber, Alexander W., Yeon Ji Kim, Omoanghe Samuel Isikhuemhen, Robert M. Tighe, and Claudia K. Gunsch. “The environment shapes swine lung bacterial communities.” Sci Total Environ 758 (March 1, 2021): 143623. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.143623.

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33243510
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Gowdy, K. M., B. Kilburg-Basnyat, M. X. Hodge, S. W. Reece, V. Yermalitsk, S. S. Davies, J. Manke, et al. “Novel Mechanisms of Ozone-Induced Pulmonary Inflammation and Resolution, and the Potential Protective Role of Scavenger Receptor BI.” Res Rep Health Eff Inst, no. 204 (March 2021): 1–49.

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33998222
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