Kaori Yamada

    Email Address: horiguch@uic.edu
    College: Medicine Department: Pharmacology
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: COMRB 4137 Phone: 3129961906
    Webpage: http://mcph.uic.edu/research-faculty/yamada/
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    We are studying the mechanisms of the trafficking of signaling molecules by kinesins moving on microtubules to regulate the cell function, particularly dynamic cell sprouting in angiogenesis.
    In angiogenesis-related diseases such as cancer and blinding eye diseases, excessive VEGF/VEGFR2 signaling causes angiogenesis of leaky blood vessels. Inhibition of VEGF/VEGFR2 signaling is a promising strategy for the therapy of such diseases. Our new strategy to tackle angiogenesis-related diseases is to regulate the trafficking of VEGFR2 to inhibit pathological angiogenesis in such diseases.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    the general knowledge of biology and chemistry

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Making buffers (calculating the molarity of the chemical reagents), learning basic lab techniques

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