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Dr. Yan Sanders is an associate professor in Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research focus is on epigenetic mechanisms in aging and age-related lung diseases. Her background and expertise are in molecular and cell biology, with specific training and focus on epigenetics. Research projects in Dr. Sanders’ lab including exploring epigenetic alterations in tissue injury and repair processes, in diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF); determining the epigenetic mechanisms, specifically histone modifications and DNA methylation, in cellular senescence, aging, and age-related chronic diseases. Dr. Sanders’ group is the first to report epigenetic mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of IPF. As PI and co-Investigator on NIH or other agencies sponsored projects, Dr. Sanders’ lab has established the fundamentals and in vitro and in vivo models to explore the epigenetic effects of altered nutrition/metabolic state, and aging on lung injury and repair.