J. Brandon Dixon
Dr. Dixon's research focuses on elucidating and quantifying the molecular aspects that control lymphatic function. Through the use of tissue-engineered model systems and animal models, our research is shedding light on the active roles of the lymphatic system in lipid metabolism and transport. There are currently no efficacious cures for people suffering from lymphedema, and the molecular mechanisms connecting lymphedema severity with obesity and lipid accumulation are unknown. Knowledge of these mechanisms will provide insight for planning treatment and prevention strategies for people facing lipid-lymphatic related diseases.