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López Laboratory

José López, M.D.

“Blood is vital to the well-being of humans, as it flows through every organ in the body. Blood research provides a window for the understanding of all human diseases.” José López, M.D.

The López laboratory has been involved for many years in studies aimed at understanding the basic mechanisms of platelet adhesion and the roles that platelets play in inflammation.

Additional projects in the laboratory concern membrane blebs (out-pockets) called microvesicles or microparticles and their roles in normal hemostasis (checking bleeding), thrombosis (unwanted blood clotting), and acute inflammatory responses.

Areas of Study

  • Platelet adhesion and von Willebrand factor
  • Platelets in inflammation
  • Blood vessel blockages in sickle cell disease

Dr. López’s Background

  • Joined the Blood Center in 2006
  • Executive Vice President for Research
  • Previously Vice-Chair of Medicine for Research and Scientific Director of the Thrombosis Research Section, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

José López Laboratory

Thrombosis (blood clotting) is the root cause of heart attacks and strokes. It accounts for more deaths worldwide than any other disease including all cancers and infectious diseases combined.

Dr. López is leading the only team in the Pacific Northwest focused on understanding what initiates thrombosis.

From this research we hope to identify ways to prevent and cure the leading cause of death worldwide.

Platelets in inflammation
Research has shown that platelets, cell fragments that help stop bleeding, are also involved in inflammation.

Dr. López is researching how lowering a platelet count can help reduce inflammation which could improve treatments for people suffering from all kinds of diseases– from arthritis to cancer.

Representative Publications

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José López Laboratory Members

Junmei Chen, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Phone: (206) 568-2229
Fax: (206) 587-6056
 Jeff Harris Jeff Harris
Research Technologist IV
Phone: (206) 568-2218
  Jennie Le
Research Technologist III
Phone: (206) 568-2213
Fax: (206) 587-6056
  Tahsin Özpolat, M.D.
Research Associate/Fellow
Phone: (206) 568-2215
Alex St. John, M.D.
Research Associate/Fellow
Phone: (206) 568-2213
Kimsey Platten
Research Technologist I
Phone: (206) 568-2215

José López, M.D.
Full Member
Bloodworks Northwest
Research Institute

Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology
University of Washington
School of Medicine

Bloodworks Northwest
Research Institute
1551 Eastlake Avenue E, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98102
Phone: (206) 568-2202

Renetta M. Stevens
Research Administrator
Phone: (206) 568-2244
Fax: (206) 587-6056
eFax: (866) 287-7208

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