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Our lab studies how mesenchymal progenitor cells (MPC) regulate lung microvascular function and dysregulated angiogenesis as well as how  these processes contribute to the development or severity of chronic lung diseases (including fibrosis, emphysema as well as pulmonary hypertension).


Lab Resources and Services

The Majka lab has identified and characterized a novel population of lung mesenchymal progenitor cells (MPC) as a regulator of microvascular function, structure and homeostasis. Her lab has developed techniques to isolate, differentiate and analyze murine and human mesenchymal stem cell phenotype, proliferation, inflammation, migration and matrix synthesis both in vitro and in vivo.  To complement in vivo models of disease the laboratory has developed a method for mesenchymal, endothelial and smooth muscle differentiation of murine and human iPS cells.


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Susan M. Majka

Susan M. Majka, PhD


Principal Investigator
Susan Majka, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Department of Biomedicl Research
National Jewish Health, Denver CO

Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care
Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Aurora CO



Motivated students and postdoctoral researchers are always welcome!


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