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Crick Lecture | Taija Mäkinen, Uppsala University
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Thursday 15 Sep 2022
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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We are delighted to welcome alumni Taija Mäkinen back to the Crick for this week's lecture - "Exploring the multifaceted functions of the lymphatic vascular system in development and disease"
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Some of you will know Taija from her time as Group Leader (Lymphatic Development lab ) at the CRUK London Research Institute ( 2007-2013)- she left London in 2013 and went to Uppsala University as a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor and in 2019 became a Professor there. See below for full biography.
Vascular Development Lab
The key aim of the Mäkinen lab is to understand how endothelial cells lining blood and lymphatic vessels communicate with each other and the tissue environment to co-ordinate vascular morphogenesis. Most of the research has focused on the lymphatic vasculature that was traditionally considered a passive drainage system responsible for removal of fluid, molecules and cells from tissues. However, emerging evidence in the last few years shows active roles of lymphatic vessels in inflammation, immunity, lipid metabolism and metastasis, and consequent involvement in common diseases such as obesity, autoimmune diseases, atherosclerosis and cancer. This exciting development suggests a high degree of functional diversification of endothelial cells of specific vascular beds. Their second major aim is therefore to understand organ-specific regulation of lymphatic vessel formation and function. They utilise and develop advanced mouse genetic tools to spatially and temporally control expression of genes in specific cell types of interest. By identifying genetic causes of lymphatic diseases we additionally aim to uncover mechanisms of vascular development that are directly relevant to human pathology.
15 Sep 2022 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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