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Dr Alessandra Granata

Dr Alessandra Granata

Senior Research Associate


Research themes

Stem Cells:

Research Interests

I lead the research group for modelling cerebrovascular diseases using patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). I am based at the Clifford Allbutt Building, Central Biomedical Campus, Addenbrooke’s Site and am part of the Stroke Research Group of Professor Hugh Markus, in the department of Clinical Neurosciences.

My main research interest is to develop iPSC-based model system for genetic forms of cerebral small vessel diseases (SVD), exploiting findings from genome wide association studies (GWAS) and whole genome sequencing studies in ischaemic stroke. We believe that iPSC-derived models can be used to uncover disease mechanisms and to identify new treatments for SVD.

Keywords

regenerative medicine ; blood brain barrier (BBB) ; iPSC ; disease modelling ; stem cells

Topics

  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Stroke
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Small vessel diseases (SVD)

Collaborators outside this directory

Key Publications

An iPSC-derived vascular model of Marfan syndrome identifies key mediators of smooth muscle cell death. Granata A, Serrano F, Bernard WG, McNamara M, Low L, Sastry P, Sinha S. Nat Genet. 2016 Nov 28. doi: 10.1038/ng.3723.

Temporal and embryonic lineage-dependent regulation of human vascular SMC development by NOTCH3. Granata A, Bernard WG, Zhao N, Mccafferty J, Lilly B, Sinha S. Stem Cells Dev. 2015 Apr 1;24(7):846-56.

Embryonic origins of human vascular smooth muscle cells: implications for in vitro modeling and clinical application. Sinha S, Iyer D, Granata A. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2014 Jun;71(12):2271-88.

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