The blood vessels, which consist of endothelial cells and mural cells (the vascular smooth muscle cells and pericytes), are conduits for the exchange of oxygen, nutrients, and metabolic waste. However, during the last decade, emerging evidence has demonstrated that vessel-derived paracrine signals play an essential role in many physiopathological conditions, including organ development, regeneration, tumor metastasis, etc. We aim to understand the crosstalk between endothelial cells and mural cells as well as how such crosstalk controls vascular function and shapes the local microenvironment and tissue homeostasis in health and disease.

Laboratory of Vascular Biology and Organ Homeostasis


Dr. Junhao Hu

Principal Investigator
Interdisciplinary Research Center on Biology and Chemistry (IRCBC), Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
100 Haike Rd, Pudong, 201203, Shanghai, China
Tel: +86 21 6858 2261