Precise spatial and temporal interactions between molecules and cells are required for the development of tissues and organs within the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. Regulation of flow through blood vessels is necessary for providing tissues with nutrients and oxygen. Disruption of these regulatory mechanisms causes congenital defects and diseases that subsequently impact normal organ function. A pathologic consequence of inadequate perfusion is tissue and organ ischemia that leads to fibrosis.
Faculty on both campuses study the development and functions of the cardiovascular
and pulmonary systems with the goal of elucidating therapeutic interventions that
may prevent and limit disease.