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Steven S. An, PhD

  • Associate Professor

Departmental Affiliations

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E6646
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Brown University, 2000

Honors and Awards

Ann Woolcock Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions and Future Promise in Asthma Research, American Thoracic Society (2006)

Faculty Research Initiative Fund, Bloomberg School of Public Health (2007)

American Asthma Foundation, Sandler Award (2010)

Semi-Finalists for the President’s Frontier Award, Johns Hopkins University (2014)

Discovery Fund, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (2015)

Discovery Award, Johns Hopkins University (2015)

Discovery Award, Johns Hopkins University (2016)

Catalyst Award, Johns Hopkins University (2017)

The Frank E. Rath Spang & Company Charitable Trust Scholar (2018)

Elected Fellow of the American Thoracic Society (2019)

Program Chair, Respiratory Structure and Function Assembly of the American Thoracic Society (2013-2015)

Standing Member, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grants

Standing Member, College of Reviewers, CIHR

Editorial Board, American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology

Selected Publications:

  • Kilic O, Yoon A, Shah SR, Yong HM, Ruiz-Valls A, Chang H, Panettieri RA, Liggett SB, Quinones-Hinojosa A, An SS*, and Levchenko A*. (2019) A microphysiological model of the bronchial airways reveals the interplay of mechanical and biochemical signals in bronchospasm. Nature Biomedical Engineering (Accepted for publication) (
  • Haffner MC, Esopi DM, Chaux A, Gürel M, Ghosh S, Vaghasia AM, Tsai H, Kim K, Castagna N, Lam H, Hicks J, Whys N, Biswal Shinohara D, Hurley PJ, Simons BW, Schaeffer EM, Lotan TL, Isaacs WB, Netto GJ, De Marzo AM, Nelson WG, An SS, and Yegnasubramanian S. (2017) AIM1 is an actin binding protein that suppresses cell migration and micrometastatic dissemination. Nature Communications. 8, 142. PMCID: PMC5529512
  • Park J, Kim DH, Kim HN, Wang C, Kwak MK, Hur E, Suh KY, An SS*, and Levchenko A*. (2016) Directed migration of cancer cells guided by the graded texture of the underlying matrix. Nature Materials 15, 792-801. PMCID: PMC5517090
  • Deshpande DA, Wang WCH, McIlmoyle EL, Robinett KS, Schillinger RM, An SS, Sham JSK, and Liggett SB. (2010) Bitter taste receptors on airway smooth muscle bronchodilate by localized calcium signaling and reverse obstruction. Nature Medicine 16, 1299-1304. PMCID: PMC3066567
  • Trepat X, Deng L, An SS, Navajas D, Tschumperlin DJ, Gerthoffer WT, Butler JP, and Fredberg JJ. (2007) Universal physical responses to stretch in the living cell. Nature 447, 592-595. PMCID: PMC2440511