Carmen M. Swaisgood, PhD

Carmen Margarita Swaisgood, PhD
Assistant Scientist
Alpha-1 Research Program
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine






PhD Ohio State University  Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Postdoctoral Studies Cleveland Clinic Molecular Cardiology

Research Interests:

  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Asthma

Professional Societies:

  • American Thoracic Society
  • International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • World Association of Sarcoidosis and other Granulomatous Disorders

Honors and Awards:

  • 2009: Lakeland Community College Part-Time Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2005-2010: Heart, Lung and Blood Institute – Minority Career Development Award
  • 2004: Cleveland Clinic Foundation – Research Programs Council Award
  • 1998-2000: Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Heart Association (Ohio Affiliate)

Publications (2003 onwards):

  • Swaisgood CM, Oswald-Richter K, Moeller SD, Klemenc JM, Ruple LM, Farver CF, Drake JM, Culver DA, Drake WP.  Development of a Sarcoidosis Murine Lung Granuloma Model Using Mycobacterium soda.  Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol 44:166-74, 2011.
  • Swaisgood CM, Aronica MA, Swaisdani S, Plow EF.  Plasminogen is an important regulator in the pathogenesis of a murine model of asthma.  Am J Resp Crit Care Med 176:333-342, 2007.
  • Bonfield TL, Swaisgood CM, Barna BP, Farver CF, Kavuru MS, Thomassen MJ. Elevated gelatinase activity in pulmonary alveolar proteinosis: role of macrophage colony-stimulating factor. J Leukoc Biol 79:133-9, 2006.
  • Herren T, Swaisgood CM, Plow EF. Regulation of plasminogen receptors (review). Frontiers in Bioscience. Miles, L.A., ed., Frontiers in Bioscience 8:d1-8, 2003.
  • Swaisgood CM, Schmitt D, Eaton D, Plow EF. In vivo regulation of plasminogen function by plasma carboxypeptidase B. J.Clin.Invest. 110:1275-82, 2002.
  • Swaisgood CM, French EL, Noga C, Simon RH, Ploplis VA. The development of bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis in mice deficient for components of the plasminogen system. Am.J.Pathol. 157:177-187, 2000.