Andy Lovering earned a B.S. in Biology from Texas Tech University in 1995. He received his Ph.D. in physiology from Texas Tech University School of Medicine in 2003. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Rankin Laboratory of Pulmonary Medicine (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health) before he joined the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon in 2007. Andy’s lab group aims to better understand how humans accommodate the demands of extreme environments including: altitude/hypoxia, heat/cold and space. They have a keen interest in the pulmonary circulation and a very common anatomical feature near and dear to their hearts – the patent foramen ovale. The lab has been funded by the Department of Defense (DoD), the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Lung Association (ALA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Fulbright Scholar Fund and the Burroughs Welcome Fund (BWF).