Professor Christiana Ruhrberg is an internationally known expert in neuronal and vascular development and one of the world’s leading researchers in defining mechanisms of blood vessel growth in the brain and eye. Her three main interests are neurovascular co-patterning, molecular regulation of angiogenesis, and signal transduction in vascular hyperpermeability.
She conducted her PhD with Fiona Watt on epidermal barrier function and was named Young Cell Biologist of the Year 1996 by the British Society for Cell Biology. Professor Ruhrberg carried out postdoctoral training with Robb Krumlauf on motor neuron development and with David Shima on blood vessel growth. In 2003, she received the Werner-Risau-Prize for outstanding contributions to endothelial cell biology from the German Society for Cell Biology and an MRC Career Development Award to study neurovascular co-patterning. She currently holds a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award to investigate neurovascular interactions in the brain and retina.
Her talk will be on VEGF signalling in angiogenesis, arteriogenesis and vascular permeability.