Research: Molecular hemostasis.
All of the research being undertaken by this group relates to molecular aspects of the hemostatic (coagulation) system. In the normal physiological state, a delicate balance is preserved between pro- and anti-coagulant factors that contributes to the maintenance of the normal circulation. When this balance is disrupted, bleeding or thrombosis occurs.
This research program utilizes the potential of molecular genetics and molecular biology to address a variety questions relating to pathological hemostasis. The studies range from an investigation of the mechanisms regulating production of the adhesive hemostatic protein, von Willebrand Factor, to the development of strategies for gene therapy for the inherited bleeding disease, hemophilia.