Lynn Y. Sakai, Ph.D., is interested in how the fibrillin extracellular matrix microenvironment regulates vascular smooth muscle and skeletal muscle growth and pathologies. Dr. Sakai discovered fibrillin and showed that the gene for fibrillin-1 is the mutated gene responsible for the Marfan syndrome, a common inherited disorder of connective tissue. She is currently Professor of Molecular & Medical Genetics and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Sakai is also the President-Elect of the American Society for Matrix Biology (2017-2018) and will serve as the President of the ASMB from 2019-2020.
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