Brandon Lewis


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Brandon Lewis (Graduate Student, Comparative Biomedical Sciences)

Brandon hails from Vicksburg, Mississippi. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. Brandon also obtained a Master of Science in Biological Sciences from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. Before joining the lab, Brandon was employed as a GC/MS chemist in the Baton Rouge area. After completion of his PhD, Brandon intends to pursue an academic postdoctoral position with the ultimate goal to become a principal investigator.

Brandon joined the lab in January 2015 as a rotation student. Brandon’s research focuses on early immune responses in muco-obstructive lung diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis. Brandon is particularly interested in the roles of innate lymphoid and adaptive immune systems in response to airway infections that are associated with impaired mucociliary clearance. During his graduate work, Brandon has published in peer-reviewed journals, won various awards, been invited to give seminars, and presented our work during annual conferences.

Awards and Accomplishments:

  • 2019 Awarded PhD
  • 2017 Society of Toxicology Graduate Student Award
  • 2017 Comparative and Veterinary Specialty Section Graduate Student Award
  • 2017 Toxicologic and Exploratory Pathology Charles River Award
  • 2017 Second Place Presentation Award CBS Graduate Student Retreat
  • 2018 Immunotoxicology Specialty Section Paper of the Year
  • 2018 Second Place Presentation Award CBS Graduate Student Retreat


Brandon W Lewis, Ishita Choudhary, Kshitiz Paudel, Yun Mao, Rahul Sharma, Yong Wang, Jessy S Deshane, Richard C Boucher, Sonika Patial, and Yogesh Saini. Innate lymphoid system is a critical player in the manifestation of muco-inflammatory airway disease in mice (2020). Accepted for publication in The Journal of Immunology. 

Brandon W Lewis, Thao Vo, Ishita Choudhary, Allison Kidder, Chandra Bathula, Camille Ehre, Nobuko Wakamatsu, Sonika Patial, and Yogesh Saini. Ablation of IL-33 suppresses Th2 responses but is accompanied by sustained mucus obstruction in the Scnn1b transgenic mouse model (2020). The Journal of Immunology. 204(6): 1650-1660

Brandon Lewis, Sonika Patial, and Yogesh Saini. Immunopathology of airway surface liquid dehydration disease. Journal of Immunology Research. 2019, Article ID 2180409.

Yogesh Saini, Brandon Lewis, Kristen Wilkinson, Hong Dang, Alessandra Livraghi-Butrico, Wanda K O’Neal, Richard C Boucher. Pulmonary macrophage depletion alters the lung pathology associated with defective mucus clearance. Physiological Reports, 2018 Apr;6(8):e13677. doi: 10.14814/phy2.13677. (Editor’s Choice Article, May 8, 2018)

Brandon W Lewis, Razia, Sultana, Rahul Sharma, Alexandra Noël, Ingeborg Langohr , Sonika Patial, Arthur L Penn,Yogesh Saini. Early Postnatal Secondhand Smoke Exposure Disrupts Bacterial Clearance and Abolishes Immune Responses in Muco-Obstructive Lung Disease. Journal of Immunology 2017 Aug 1;199(3):1170-1183. (Journal’s Issue Highlight)

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