Taija Mäkinen (PI)

taija.makinen@igp.uu.se

I am interested in understanding the complex interplay between cells and their environment during vascular morphogenesis.

​Biography

Nina Daubel

Maike Frye

maike.frye@igp.uu.se

I received my PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Biomedicine in Münster. During my PhD and postdoc in the lab of Prof. Dietmar Vestweber, I analyzed the regulation of blood endothelial junctions. I joined the Mäkinen lab in 2014 as a Postdoc and changed the vessel type. Now I am working on lymphatic endothelial junctions and, together with Andrea, on the role of Gata2 in lymphatic development. 

Ines Martinez-Corral

ines.martinez-corral@igp.uu.se

I received my PhD in Molecular Biology at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) in Madrid. During my PhD in the transgenic mouse unit, I designed and characterized genetic mouse models for the study of the lymphatic system. In 2010 I joined Taija’s lab where I focused my research on the analysis of lymphatic vessel development during early embryogenesis, and functional characterization of Kif11, a novel lymphedema associated gene.

Henrik Ortsäter

henrik.ortsater@igp.uu.se

I received my PhD in Medical Cell Biology from Uppsala University in 2005. After post doctoral work on diabetes research at Karolinska Institute I joined the Mäkinen lab in 2014. I’m working on techniques to monitor lymphatic vessel function using NIR in vivo microscopy.

Simon Stritt

simon.stritt@igp.uu.se

I received my PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Julius-Maximilians University in Würzburg. Up to now I have studied the role of cytoskeletal proteins in platelet production and the pathogenesis of platelet disorders in the lab of Prof. Bernhard Nieswandt. In 2016 I joined Taija’s lab focusing on the role of the cytoskeleton in determining endothelial cell function and on the origin of lymphatic endothelial progenitor cells.

Sofie Wagenius

Sofie Wagenius

Yan Zhang

yan.zhang@igp.uu.se

I received my PhD in Biology from Tsinghua University in China, where I worked on the molecular basis of convergent extension movement during embryogenesis. I joined Mäkinen lab in 2015 as a postdoc. Now my work is focusing on the organ-specific mechanisms of lymphatic morphogenesis. 

Yang Zhang

yang.zhang@igp.uu.se

I obtained my Master’s degree in Nanobiophysics from TU Dresden, Germany. I am interested in cell fate control during development in general. My PhD work focuses on understanding organ-specific development of the lymphatic vasculature.