I have been doing research in Dr. Christopher Hughes'
lab in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UC
Irvine for nearly four years. Our lab studies blood vessel growth
and development from existing vessels (angiogenesis) using an in
vitro system that reliably models critical stages of this process,
including vessel sprouting, proliferation and branching. Angiogenesis
is important for both initial vascular development and several processes
occurring in adulthood. Tumor growth, for example, is dependent
on angiogenesis, as new vessels must form to supply oxygenated blood
to the growing mass.