The Leeper laboratory studies the vascular biology of atherosclerosis and aneurysm disease. We are interested in the molecular mechanisms that mediate vascular disease, and developing new translational therapies directed against them. Our group uses a combination of hypothesis-free genetic approaches, favoring the concept that insights generated in this manner are likely to have relevance to human disease. Currently, our major focus is on a process known as ‘programmed cell removal’, or ‘efferocytosis’ (Latin: to carry the dead to the grave’). We seek to determine why diseased cells accumulate in the atherosclerotic plaque, and how to harness the power of the immune system as a means to reactivate their removal and stabilize the vulnerable lesion. Our group pursues the goal of true ‘bench-to-bedside’ translation, bringing together interdisciplinary experts spanning the fields of genomics, molecular biology, translational vascular biology, and clinical Vascular Medicine. Ultimately, we seek to train the next generation of investigators and physician-scientists who will develop a platform of new therapies directed against atherosclerosis, which is now the leading killer worldwide.
"Good vascular health is the key to longevity"
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News, Events, and Team Milestones
Publication in Nature Nanotechnology
Trojan horse nanoparticles deliver anti-atherosclerotic therapy specifically to the diseased blood vessel
Alyssa Flores - Top 10 manuscript for 2020 by Healthinnovations
Farewell to Ying Wang
We wish Ying all the best as she embarks on what we know will be an amazing career full of exciting discoveries!