Erkki Ruoslahti

Erkki Ruoslahti

Adjunct Distinguished Professor, UCSB Distinguished Professor, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

Institution: Ruoslahti Lab
Santa Barbara, CA, United States


Dr. Erkki Ruoslahti is a distinguished professor in the National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. and adjunct distinguished professor in the Center for Nanomedicine and Department of Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology at UCSB. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Helsinki, Finland. Having held various academic positions in Finland and in the U.S., he joined Sanford-Burnham in 1979 and served as the Institute’s president from 1989 to 2002.

Ruoslahti's main scientific contributions are in the field of cell adhesion. He was one of the discoverers of fibronectin. His laboratory discovered the cell attachment sequence in fibronectin (RGD) and isolated cellular RGD receptors, now known as integrins.

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