Ruoslahti Research Laboratory at UC Santa Barbara
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Ruoslahti Research Laboratories at UC Santa Barbara and Sanford-Burnham

The underlying themes of Dr. Ruoslahti's work are tumor vasculature, metastasis and the use of targeted nanoparticles in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Tumors, like other tissues, contain both blood vessels and lymphatic vessels. A tumor needs blood vessels to be able to grow, and destroying tumor blood vessels is the basis of a promising new cancer therapy. Lymphatic vessels are not needed for tumor growth, but like blood vessels, the lymphatics are an important conduit of distant metastasis.

Dr. Erkki Ruoslahti is adjunct distinguished professor at UCSB and maintains a research laboratory at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., where he is a distinguished professor.