Antonello (Tony) Punturieri, Ph.D., M.D., is a Program Officer in the Division of Lung Diseases (DLD), NHLBI, NIH. In this capacity, Dr. Punturieri administers a varied portfolio of grants and contracts in the area of COPD and environment. Specifically, Dr. Punturieri participates in the development and administration of programs that aim at the understanding of COPD disease mechanisms, COPD prevention, and the testing and evaluation of COPD therapies. Dr. Punturieri obtained a M.D. from the Medical School at University of Ferrara (Italy) and a Ph.D. in Immunology from La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy. He spent four years at NIH as Visiting Fellow at NIDDK and Visiting Associate at NIAID. He returned to Rome as Assistant Professor of Pathophysiology at La Sapienza University in Rome (Italy) while also working as Staff Scientist at Regina Elena Cancer Institute. He then moved to the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, and subsequently joined the Pulmonary Division at Michigan and the Veterans Administration Hospital (Pulmonary Section) in Ann Arbor. He joined NHLBI in 2006.