The Center for Vascular Biology studies the structure and function of arteries, veins and capillaries. The center pursues advanced knowledge about conditions that affect the blood vessels, such as blood clots and atherosclerosis, which is a hardening or narrowing of the arteries. The center also investigates how the vascular system contributes to a wide range of diseases, including heart disease, cancer, arthritis and diabetes. Current research focuses on the development of new blood vessels from existing structures or from stem cells, as well as the molecular mechanisms that cause hypertension. The center provides a rich training environment for both graduate students and postdoctoral scientists.