Blood Disorders

Blood disorders are diseases that affect one or more components of the blood: the red blood cells, the white blood cells, the platelets, or the plasma. Red blood cells are important to carry oxygen through the body, whereas white blood cells are involved in fighting infections and platelets are important for blood clotting that stops loss of blood after injury. Problems in any of these components can prevent the blood from doing its job.

Feinstein Institute researchers are studying the process of formation of red blood cells and how defects in this process can lead to diseases characterized by a dramatic decrease in red blood cells, and how these defects can cause a form of bone cancer.

Feinstein Institute investigators conducting blood disorders research include Lionel Blanc; Jeffrey M. LiptonJohnson M. Liu and Sarah R. Vaiselbuh.