Karen Hirschi

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Karen K. Hirschi, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and of Genetics

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Hirschi Lab


A primary interest of our laboratory is to understand, at the cellular and molecular level, the events leading to blood vessel formation. We are specifically interested in the regulation of vascular cell commitment, differentiation and cell cycle progression, and defining signaling pathways that modulate these processes. We also aim to understand how some vascular cells acquire specialized functions, such as the generation and/or maintenance of multi-lineage stem/progenitor cells.