BLOOD Research Program

Hematology is a comprehensive specialty dedicated to the epidemiology, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and research in all types of blood-related disorders. Hematology research activities include the investigation of blood production, blood function and blood-related diseases.

The mission of the BLOOD Cluster is to develop a competitive research program in basic, translational and clinical research in all areas of hematology.

BLOOD Cluster research program comprises projects aiming at investigating epidemiological and pathophysiological processes as well as diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic approaches of all blood-related disorders, and pathophysiological processes that contribute to inflammation, thrombosis and hemato-oncological diseases.

Current areas of research are:

Decreased embryonic erythropoiesis in ribonuclease inhibitor (Rnh1)-deficient mice. Morphology of E10 Rnh1+/– and Rnh1–/– whole embryos. JCI 2018, 128(4): 1597–1614 from Vijaykumar Chennupati et al. Entitled: Ribonuclease inhibitor 1 regulates erythropoiesis by controlling GATA1 translation. (Ramanjaneyulu Allam).
Spleen size in wiltype and mutant JAK2 expressing mice with myeloproliferative neoplasms. Histology sections showing
hemotoxilin and eosin (H&E) staining of spleen tissues from wild type and mutant JAK2 expressing MPN mice. Blood. 2019 Nov 21; 134(21): 1832–1846 from Tata Nageswara Rao. Entitled: JAK2-mutant hematopoietic cells display metabolic alterations that can be targeted to treat myeloproliferative neoplasms from Tata Nageswara Rao

Confocal microscopy of a thrombin-activated platelet aggregate stained for α-tubulin (magenta), P-selectin (green) and protein S (red). Animation displayed surface rendered platelet aggregate tilting around X and Y axis for 90°. The movie was realized using Imaris software. Blood. 2020 May 28;135(22):1969-1982 from Sara Calzavarini et al. Entitled: Platelet protein S limits venous but not arterial thrombosis propensity by controlling coagulation in the thrombus (Anne Angelillo Scherrrer).