About Witold W Kilarski
Dr. Witold (Witek) Kilarski is a Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. His current interest split between the use of nematode parasites as lymph node targeting antigen biocarriers and the control of lymph thrombosis for the acceptance of subcutaneously grafted pancreatic islets in diabetic mice. Trained as a molecular biologist, Witold graduated from the Kracow Jagiellonian University and continued his education at the Lena Claesson-Welsh and Par Gerwins Vascular Biology group at Uppsala University where his Ph.D. work culminated in the discovery of a non-developmental mechanism of a blood vessel growth. During his first postdoc in the Angiogenesis lab of Andreas Bikfalvi of the University of Bordeaux, Witek initiated the metabolomic and proteomic analysis of chicken embryo. Once he joined the group of Melody Swartz at the EPFL, he specialized in intravital imaging of microscopic interactions that take place at the interface of basement membranes of vessels in homeostasis and pathology. His work has been published in Nature Medicine, Biomaterials, Science, Circulation Research, Nature Cell Biology, and Nature Communications.
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