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Research Programs 

Michael Autieri, PhD
Director 
Studies have linked the lymphatic system with progression of numerous vascular diseases through regulation of immune responses, reverse cholesterol transport, and inflammation.  Our work aims to link lymphangiogenesis and perivascular inflammation with endogenous anti-inflammatory cytokines to limit the progression of vascular disease.

Silvia Fossati, PhD
Defects in glymphatic clearance, the elimination of waste material from the brain, which is mediated in concert by the cerebral lymphatic, glial, and vascular systems, exacerbate the deposition of amyloid beta (Aβ) around the cerebral vessels. We will analyze the relative contribution of different cardiovascular risk factors and mitochondrial dysfunction in cerebral vascular and immune cells to the reduction of brain glymphatic clearance, and the related Aβ deposition and neurovascular toxicity.

Raj Kishore, PhD
Research Program: Kishore Lab is exploring the role of lymphatic endothelial cell-derived exosomes in neolymphangiogenesis in the setting of myocardial injury and repair. Studies are also exploring the effect of lymphatic endothelial exosomes in reprogramming of blood endothelial cells into lymphatic endothelial cells

Dianne Langford, PhD
The astroglial-lymphatic or glymphatic system is responsible in part, for clearance of waste products such as misfolded aberrant proteins that accumulate in the brain in response to neurodegeneration, traumatic brain injury, chronic neuroinflammation, genetic mutations or combinations of these factors. Our lab studies cellular and molecular mechanisms that contribute to impaired clearance of waste products from the brain and ways to improve clearance.

Rosario Scalia, MD, PhD
Our Research focuses on how leukocytes migrate from tissues to lymph nodes via lymphatics in inflammation and immunity, the role that high endothelial cells play in leukocyte trafficking through the lymphatic system, how the lymphatic system affects lipid transport in obesity and insulin resistance, and how obesity and diabetes impact the function of the lymphatic system of different adipose depots

Douglas Tilley, PhD
Immune cells are essential to the inflammatory and repair responses following myocardial injury, and their trafficking through the lymphatic system regulates several processes germane to their function, including activation, maturation, polarization and clearance.  Our lab is specifically interested in understanding the role of immune- and lymphatic endothelial cell-specific G protein-coupled receptor signaling in the regulation of immune cell trafficking through the cardiac lymphatic system after injury.