Mark Larson, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor, Biology
- Augustana University
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK
- Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of North Carolina
- B.A., Biology/Chemistry, Concordia College, Moorehead, Minn.
Current Research: Platelets are a critical cellular component for maintaining normal blood flow and distribution by forming clots in response to blood vessel damage. We aim to elucidate some of the extracellular and intracellular signals that influence the activity of existing blood platelets and the formation of new platelets. Specifically, my lab has two main projects. The first is to determine what signals promote the formation of new platelets from platelet precursor cells called megakaryocytes. The second is to understand how dietary omega-3 fatter acids affect platelet function.
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