Department of Comparative Medicine

Remembering Dr. Margaret Alanna Ruddell

(Posted 8-25-20)

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Margaret “Alanna” Ruddell.  Dr. Ruddell was a valuable faculty member in the Department of Comparative Medicine where she did cancer research as well as taught and mentored undergraduate students, graduate students, and Post-doctoral Fellows.

The Ruddell laboratory studied the architecture of lymph nodes and made seminal contributions to the understanding of the roles of immune cells, lymph nodes, and lymphatics in cancer metastasis. Alanna was one of the first to make the surprising observation that immune cells can contribute to cancer metastasis by inducing lymphatic vessel growth. She was internationally recognized for her expertise and was a standing member of NIH Study Sections reviewing grant applications on cancer metastasis.

Alanna’s enthusiasm was infectious and her outstanding mentorship resulted in numerous awards for her trainees, many whom have gone on to Faculty positions, Medical School, and Biotechnology positions. She will be missed.

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