Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Guillermo Oliver Lab

About Our Lab

The Oliver Lab focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular steps controlling lymphatic vasculature development and its functional roles in health and disease. We are particularly interested in the role of lymphoangiocrine factors and metabolism in organ growth and repair. 


  • Congratulations to our former lab members on their exciting future career paths: 
    • Xiaolei Liu
      Assistant Professor, Lemole Center for Integrated Lymphatics Research, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, Temple Medical School, Philadelphia, US
    • Wanshu Ma 
      Senior Research Scientist, Merck Research Laboratory, San Francisco, US
    • Nozomu Takata
      Senior Research Associate in the laboratory of Prof. Samuel Stupp in the Simpson Querrey Institute at Northwestern University 
  • Guillermo Oliver, PhD joined the Journal of Clinical Investigation as an Associate Editor. 
  • Dr. Nozomu Takata receives Research Fellowship from the Uehara Memorial Foundation (Japan).
  • See Dr. Oliver's Online Symposium, "Lymphatic Vasculature in the 21st Century: Developmental Mechanisms and Functional Roles."
  • Miss our inaugural Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology Research Retreat? Catch up on the exciting event here!
  • Postdoctoral positions are currently available in the Oliver lab!

Selected Publications

Glinton KE, Ma W at al., (2022). Cardiac macrophage efferocytosis induces Vegfc to improve both inflammation resolution and ventricular function after myocardial infarction. Journal Clinical Investigation, March 2022.

Oliver G (2021). Lymphatic endothelial cell fate specification in the mammalian embryo: an historical perspective. Included in the , special issue of Developmental Biology entitled” “The impact of Developmental Biology in the Last 100 Years”. Developmental Biology, 482, 44-54.

Liu, X., et al., (2020). Lymphoangiocrine signals promote cardiac growth and repair. NatureDec;588(7839):705-711. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2998-x. Epub 2020 Dec 9.PMID: 33299187 (highlighted in Nature Reviews Cardiology: DOI: 10.1038/s41569-020-00495-z

Ma W., Jin Gil, H., Liu X., Diebold L., Morgan M., Oxendine M., Gao P., Chandel N. and Oliver, G. (2021).Mitochondria respiration controls the Prox1-Vegfr3 feedback loop during lymphatic endothelial cell specification and maintenance. Sci Adv. 2021 Apr 30;7(18):eabe7359. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abe7359. PMID: 33931446; PMCID: PMC8087398.

Oliver, G., Kipnis, J., Randolph, G.J., and Harvey, N.L. (2020). The Lymphatic Vasculature in the 21st Century: Novel Functional Roles in Homeostasis and Disease. Cell 182, 270-296.

Ma, W., Gil, H.J., Escobedo, N., Benito-Martín, A., Ximénez-Embún, P., Muñoz, J., Peinado, H., Rockson, S.G., and Oliver, G. (2020). Platelet factor 4 is a biomarker for lymphatic-promoted disorders. JCI Insight.

Fiore, L., Takata, N., Acosta, S., Ma, W., Pandit, T., Oxendine, M., & Oliver, G. (2020). Optic vesicle morphogenesis requires primary cilia. Developmental biology.


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Guillermo Oliver, PhD

Guillermo Oliver, PhD
Director, Center for Vascular and Developmental Biology

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