Lu Chen, Professor

Closed (1) Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Blood and Lymphatic Vessel Formation

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

The major goal of our research is to discover new therapeutic targets for ocular diseases, such as inflammation, transplant rejection, and glaucoma. We focus to study the mechanisms and regulation of lymphatic and blood vessel formation in physiological and pathological situations, a field of new discovery in recent years. A wide spectrum of in vitro and in vivo techniques are used in our studies. Results from our research have broader implications beyond the treatment of ocular diseases alone, since both lymphatic and blood vasculatures penetrate most tissues in the body, and their dysfunctions are involved in a diverse array of disorders including cancer metastasis, and inflammatory, infectious and immune diseases, among many others.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Guangyu Li, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Students will team with postdoctoral and graduate student researchers in the lab and assist in various aspects of experimental work and data analysis. Previous course of study in biology, biochemistry, or relevant lab experience is desirable.

Weekly Hours: 12 or more hrs

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