Meet UNMC New Investigator Awardee Jill Poole, M.D.

UNMC researcher Jill Poole, M.D., answers questions about her work, life and interests.

NOTE: This profile is part of a series to highlight the 23 researchers who will be honored May 22 at a ceremony for UNMC's 2011 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator award recipients.

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Jill Poole, M.D.
  • Name: Jill Poole, M.D.
  • Title: Associate professor of internal medicine
  • Joined UNMC: 2005
  • Hometown: Grand Island

Describe your research in laymen's terms.

Respiratory consequences associated with farming-related exposures with focus on immune responses.

How do you want your research to translate to benefit patients?

I would want my research findings to lead to serious contributions to the understanding, prevention and treatment of respiratory diseases associated with agriculture-related respiratory diseases. Our lab aims to:

  • Define the important agents within farming environmental settings responsible for respiratory disease such that these agents could be targeted and/or reduced.
  • Discover novel prevention and therapeutic approaches to alleviate respiratory disease burden.

What is the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you, professional or personal?

Research is not a sprint, but a marathon.

List three things few people know about you.

  • I was homecoming queen runner-up during my undergraduate years at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • I was a competitive gymnast until injuring my knee -- anterior cruciate ligament -- in junior high school.
  • Before the blessings of having two wonderful children, I had hobbies like biking, craft making, piano playing and golfing.


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