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Joanna Kalucka


Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, Denmark

During her AIAS-COFUND Fellowship Joanna Kalucka worked on the project 'Endothelial cell heterogeneity during obesity'

Project at AIAS

Obesity is an increasingly challenging problem worldwide. During the expansion of adipose tissue, impaired vascular remodeling promotes hypoxia and inflammation resulting in increasing occurrence of obesity-related disorders. Therefore, malfunctional blood vessels have become clinically recognized as a life-threatening incidence for human health. Dysfunctional endothelial cells (ECs) may differ from healthy ECs in e.g. immune-modulatory properties, and depending on the microenvironment, they might possess the ability to control the immune reaction and accelerate the progression of a disease. Given the emerging importance of understanding the heterogeneity of ECs, by applying a multidisciplinary approach, this project aims to provide a characterization of ECs heterogeneity in adipose tissue (in obese vs. lean patients) and to provide the answers on what kind of impact the microenvironment represented by the obese state has on the health and dysfunction of ECs. These questions, which have thus far not been answered, are exciting and important for human health. In addition, these answers to will create novel therapeutic opportunities for patients with obesity-related disorders. 

Project title:

Endothelial cell heterogeneity during obesity

Area of research:

Biomedicine, Cell biology

Fellowship period:

1 Aug 2019 - 31 Jul 2022

Fellowship type:

AIAS-COFUND II Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow

This fellowship has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 754513 and The Aarhus University Research Foundation.