Nathaniel Lartey recently joined the King Lab as a postdoctoral fellow. He obtained his bachelors and master’s degrees in Biochemistry and Chemical Pathology from the University of Ghana, Accra-Ghana. He recently completed his PhD degree in Molecular Biomedicine in Mexico City, where he investigated the role of the actin-binding protein cortactin in the onset and development of sepsis. In the King lab, Nathaniel will be using gene-targeting approaches to investigate the role of regulated endothelial cell collagen IV secretion in the development and function of the blood and lymphatic vascular systems in mice. These studies will be relevant to an understanding of the pathogenesis of certain vascular anomalies in man including capillary malformation-arteriovenous malformation (CM-AVM) and vein of Galen malformation (VGAM).