Megan Januska, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology in the Jack and Lucy Clark Department of Pediatrics and in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Grinnell College and her medical degree from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Dr. Januska completed her pediatric residency and pediatric pulmonology fellowship training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Supported by a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Clinical Fellowship Award, Dr. Januska developed a research project focusing on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that define the pediatric cystic fibrosis airway through the application of single-cell technologies to minimally invasive respiratory specimens obtained during flexible bronchoscopy. Leveraging the developed workflow, Dr. Januska now aims to create a single-cell atlas of the normal pediatric airway along with a corresponding model system through the creation of patient-derived airway organoids with the support of a KL2 Scholars Award. Ultimately, Dr. Januska intends to apply the workflow and generated dataset to develop novel and minimally invasive methods to investigate and diagnose rare and severe pediatric respiratory disorders.