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Dr. Potera obtained her medical degree from the University of Illinois in 2007.  She completed residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Southern Illinois University in 2010, and completed fellowship training in pediatric critical care medicine at Washington University in St. Louis in 2013, serving as Chief Fellow in her third year.  She joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in 2013.

Dr. Potera’s primary research interest is understanding the pathophysiology of acute lung injury, a common debilitating complication of the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS).  The laboratory uses a murine model of SIRS to investigate the role that alveolar macrophages play in the development and resolution of acute lung injury.  She is also investigating the role of NADPH oxidase 2 in macrophage polarization from a pro-inflammatory to an anti-inflammatory phenotype.


University of Illinois Urbana (1999)
Graduate School
University of Illinois Urbana (2002)
Medical School
University of Illinois Urbana (2007), Medicine

Research Interest

  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • Simulation-based education for multi-professional learners
  • Ventilator management in acute respiratory failure


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Neutrophil azurophilic granule exocytosis is primed by TNF-a and partially regulated by NADPH oxidase.
Potera RM, Jensen MJ, Hilkin BM, South GK, Hook JS, Gross EA, Moreland JG Innate Immun 2016 Sep


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Honors & Awards

  • Young Investigator's Travel Award
    Pediatric Academic Societies (2013)
  • Resident Research Award for Best Presentation
    Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (2010)
  • Excellence in Pediatric Medicine
    University of Illinois College of Medicine (2007)
  • Lewis Trupin, M.D., Women's Health Award for Commitment to the Well Being and Health of Women
    University of Illinois College of Medicine (2007)