Mark Looney, MD

Department of Medicine
Department of Laboratory Medicine
+1 415 476-9190
Research Description: 

Mark R. Looney, MD is a Professor of Medicine and Laboratory Medicine and Attending Physician on the Pulmonary Consult Service and the Intensive Care Units at UCSF. He received his undergraduate degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1994 and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee, Memphis in 1998. He then came to UCSF where he completed his residency in Internal Medicine, a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and research training in the Cardiovascular Research Institute.

Research Interests

My lab is broadly focused on innate immune biology in the lung. Thematic areas include neutrophil and platelet biology as applied to a variety of pulmonary disease states including acute lung injury (ALI)/acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), primary graft dysfunction after lung transplantation, and cystic fibrosis. A major interest is the application of multiphoton intravital lung microscopy as a discovery tool to aid in the study of lung biology, including novel studies on the role of the pulmonary circulation in platelet biogenesis and the hematopoietic potential of the lung. Our overall goal is to identify new mechanisms responsible for lung inflammation and injury and to develop novel therapies to combat lung disease.

Primary Thematic Area: 
Tissue / Organ Biology & Endocrinology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Research Summary: 
Mechanisms of lung inflammation and injury



New Insights into Clinical and Mechanistic Heterogeneity of the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Summary of the Aspen Lung Conference 2021.

American journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology

Martin TR, Zemans RL, Ware LB, Schmidt EP, Riches DWH, Bastarache L, Calfee CS, Desai TJ, Herold S, Hough CL, Looney MR, Matthay MA, Meyer N, Parikh SM, Stevens T, Thompson BT

Immediate myeloid depot for SARS-CoV-2 in the human lung.

Research square

Looney M, Magnen M, You R, Rao A, Davis R, Rodriguez L, Simoneau C, Hysenaj L, Hu K, Love C, Woodruff P, Erle D, Hendrickson C, Calfee C, Matthay M, Roose J, Sil A, Ott M, Langelier C, Krummel M

Immediate myeloid depot for SARS-CoV-2 in the human lung.

bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology

Magnen M, You R, Rao AA, Davis RT, Rodriguez L, Simoneau CR, Hysenaj L, Hu KH, UCSF COMET Consortium, Love C, Woodruff PG, Erle DJ, Hendrickson CM, Calfee CS, Matthay MA, Roose JP, Sil A, Ott M, Langelier CR, Krummel MF, Looney MR

Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury: 36 years of Progress (1985-2021).

Annals of the American Thoracic Society

Toy P, Looney MR, Popovsky M, Palfi M, Berlin G, Chapman CE, Bolton-Maggs P, Matthay MA

Bronchoalveolar Lavage MICB is Associated with Severe Primary Graft Dysfunction, Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation, and Low Post-Transplant FEV1 in Lung Transplant Recipients.

The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation

D.R. Calabrese, J.P. Singer, S.R. Hays, L.E. Leard, J.A. Golden, N.A. Kolaitis, M. Kleinhenz, R. Shah, A. Venado, J. Kukreja, J.A. Belperio, S.S. Weigt, J.R. Greenland, M.R. Looney