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Research interests: Biology of connective tissue growth factor

Research center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

Areas of interest: 
We are studying the role of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) in fibrotic diseases, which is characterized by excessive production and deposition of insoluble collagen matrix, resulting in loss of tissue structure and organ dysfunction. Our main research efforts are currently focused on liver and pancreatic fibrosis but we have collaborative efforts that focus on other organ systems such as the lung, intestine, heart and skin. Using molecular, cellular and biochemical approaches, both in vitro and in vivo, our goals are to understand the mechanisms by which CTGF stimulates collagen production by fibrogenic cells types. In this manner, we will determine the therapeutic value of targeting pathways of CTGF biosynthesis or action to treat a variety of fibrotic disorders.

Education:

1984 BS: Brunel University, West London, United Kingdom
1988 PhD: Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Specialty Training: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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