- Email Address
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- Research Areas
- Research Keywords
- Research Description
My students and I study how skeletal muscles, when contracting, communicate with blood vessels to ensure they receive adequete blood flow. This ask from the skeletal muscles cells requires that many other cells (cells of the vasculature, endothelial cells and vascular smooth muscle cells) respond by modifying their function.
- Research Summary
My main research focus centres around the issue of how contracting skeletal muscle can communicate with blood vessels in order to ensure adequate blood flow to the working skeletal muscle cells. There is a direct relationship between skeletal muscle metabolic rate and blood flow. This type of relationship requires that active skeletal muscle cells communicate their need for blood flow to the cells of the vasculature, endothelial cells and vascular smooth muscle cells, and that these cells alter their function in order to ensure the proper blood flow delivery. I am interested in this intercellular communication.
- Locations of international collaborators
Liverpool John Moores University (UK); Maastricht University (The Netherlands); Charité-Universitäts (Germany) .