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Katerina Tritsaris

Katerina Tritsaris

Associate Professor

Current research

primary research areas

Angiogenesis, Lymfangiogenesis, Inflammation, Interleukins, Cell signaling

current research

We are currently studying potential effects of IL-20 in combinations with other cytokines on signaling processes in vascular endothelial cells, with special focus on the anti-angiogenic cytokine IL-24, which binds to the same receptor complexes as IL-20. In addition we are investigating the role of IL-20, IL-24 and IL-7 in lymphangiogenesis using a newly developed immortalized lymphatic cell line. Research activities are divided into 4 areas:

  1. Characterization of IL-20, IL-24 and IL-7 activated cellular signaling in vascular and lymphatic endothelial cells.

  2. Effects of IL-20 and IL-24 on the expression levels of pro- and anti-angiogenic factors.

  3. The role of PDGFF-BB, FGF and VEGF-C in vessel formation by lymphatic endothelial cells.

  4. Development and application of fluorescent tools for studying protein kinase activities.

collaborators

Steen Dissing, professor, Dept. of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Copenhagen University Yihai Cao, professor, Karolinska Institute, Sweden Vilhelm Bohr, professor, NIH, Baltimore Lucia Morbidelli, associate professor, University of Sienna, Italy Peter Staller, associate professor, Biotech Research & Innovation Centre (BRIC), Copenhagen.

teaching

  • Course administrator and teacher at “Cellular Signalling and Angiogenesis” an optional 7.5 ECTS course for molecular biomedicine students at there third year.

  • Cell Biology for molecular biomedicine students, medical and dental students.

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