Dr. Wells’ research and clinical interest focuses on COPD, including COPD-associated pulmonary vascular disease. He is currently exploring the mechanism by which a tri-peptide extracellular matrix collagen fragment causes pulmonary hypertension in COPD through a translational research project that incorporates his interest in proteomics and imaging. Dr. Wells received his Internal Medicine and Pulmonary / Critical Care post-graduate training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He also served as Chief Medical Resident from 2008-2009. During his pulmonary fellowship, Dr. Wells was the first post-doctoral fellow at UAB selected to the T32 Training Grant in Lung Biology and Translational Medicine under the mentorship of Drs. Blalock and Dransfield in 2010.
Dr. Wells joined the Pulmonary Division in 2012 as an Assistant Professor. His research productivity has been recognized through publications, presentations at national meetings, and receipt of awards including the Sreedhar Nair Early Stage Investigator Award in COPD from the American Thoracic Society in 2015 and he was named one of the first Pittman Scholars at UAB in 2015. His research has been funded through intramural and extramural awards including a NIH/NHLBI K08 Mentored Scientist Career Development Award, a Cystic Fibrosis Research Development Grant, the Walter B. Frommeyer Jr. Fellowship in Investigational Medicine from UAB, the NIH/NHLBI Loan Repayment Program, as well as through clinical trials in COPD.