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Cardiac Biomechanics Laboratory 

Elaine Tseng - 144x

The Cardiac Biomechanics Lab, led by Elaine Tseng, M.D. & Mark Ratcliffe, M.D., uses the application of mechanical engineering principles in conjunction with cardiac biology, implementing this combination of research to the improvement of cardiac health, to the design and analysis of the diagnosis and/or treatment of cardiac diseases.

Specialties of the Lab include:

* Development of Techniques for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
* Cardiovascular Monitor Design and Development
* Quantitative Cardiovascular Physiology
                                       *Finite Element Analysis

Cardiothoracic Translational Research Laboratory

Michael Mann 144xThe Cardiothoracic Translational Research Laboratory, led by Michael Mann, M.D. , is focused on turning a deeper understanding of the complex biology of failing heart cells into a new generation of cellular and molecular therapies that may actually reverse the ravages of heart failure. This lethal condition affects more than 5 million Americans and is already the greatest single economic burden in American health care, yet no existing therapies can either halt or reverse the disease process. Dr. Mann's group is analyzing the molecular basis of the failing heart's response to non-embyonic stem cell transplantation, and these results will provide a framework for the first rational design of optimized strategies for human cardiac stem cell therapy.

Kratz Laboratory

Johannes KratzThe Kratz Laboratory, led by Johannes R. Kratz, M.D., focuses on the genetic and immunological mechanisms that drive early-stage, surgically resectable thoracic malignancies. These malignancies include lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and thymic cancer. The lab uses novel high-throughput “-omics” techniques such as genomic DNA and RNA sequencing, proteomics, and metabolomics to unravel the complex nature of early-stage thoracic malignancies. At the same time, the lab actively investigates the complex immunological landscapes that nurture the growth of these malignancies. The knowledge gained from these investigations is being used to identify novel therapeutic targets and therapies for patients with early-stage, yet deadly thoracic malignancies.

Thoracic Oncology Lab

David M. Jablons - 144The Thoracic Oncology Laboratory, led by David M. Jablons, M.D., focuses on lung cancer whose treatment is rapidly proceeding towards the era of personalized medicine where treatment is based on the distinctive molecular characteristics of a patient's tumor. This knowledge will allow patients to receive novel combinations of therapies that will maximize clinical benefit, more accurately predict disease outcome, and allow patients at the highest risk of relapse to receive the most aggressive treatment.

The lab is pursuing a variety of strategies to treat and cure lung cancer, mesothelioma and esophageal cancer. These include the investigation of molecular pathways such as Wnt and Hh, the role of inflammation in lung carcinogenesis, isolation of lung cancer stems cells, and the Lung Cancer Systems Genetics Project, An Approach to Individualized Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy. Eventually, these efforts will have a major impact on these diseases.

Transplant and Stem Cell Immunobiology (TSI) Laboratory

Schrepfer 300DpiThe Transplant and Stem Cell Immunobiology (TSI) Lab, led by Sonja Schrepfer, M.D., Ph.D. , uses multiple research directions to answer complex questions about stem cell therapy, heart and lung transplantation, and cardiovascular disease. The lab focuses on the immunogenicity of allogeneic stem cells, tissues, and organs, and is interested in designing methods to prevent immunological recognition and rejection of such materials.

Immunogenetics and Transplantation Laboratory (Affiliated)

Rajalingam Raja, Ph.D., D(ABHI)-144The Immunogenetics and Transplantation Laboratory (ITL), led by  Rajalingam Raja, Ph.D., D(ABHI), supports the Heart and Lung Transplant programs, providing specialized diagnostic services for allogeneic transplantation and conducts related research. The laboratory provides support for blood, bone marrow, kidney, pancreas, liver, heart, lung, small bowel, and cornea transplantation. The Immunogenetics and Transplantation Laboratory is a national reference laboratory, a referee laboratory for the ASHI proficiency testing program, a NMDP contract laboratory, a core laboratory for the NIH Immune Tolerance Network, and a participant in several national clinical trials. The laboratory also conducts basic research and provides educational programs for health care professionals. The laboratory is not-for-profit and is owned and operated by the University of California, San Francisco.

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