University at Albany Biologist Receives $3.4M to Study Fibrosis

Melina Larsen, PhD, an associate professor of biological sciences at the University at Albany, has received a $3.4 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to study the causes of fibrosis and ways to remediate the condition.

Larsen’s team will focus on mesenchymal stem cells’ ability to reduce fibrosis by placing the cells on diseased gland models. The study model will use expression of RNA messengers produced by cells to identify cells that drive fibrosis in the salivary glands, and the signals made by these cells.

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