Dr Emma Gordon

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Institute for Molecular Bioscience

Overview

Dr Gordon’s research is focused on the formation and maintenance of the blood and lymphatic vascular systems. Vessels form complex branched networks that supply oxygen and nutrients to all body tissues. The signals controlling blood vessel expansion, identity and migration are all downstream of a single, common complex at the cell surface, yet exactly how this diverse range of functions is differentially regulated, depending on the physiological need, remains unknown.

The specific focus of Dr Gordon’s research is to determine the precise molecular signals that control cell adhesion within the vessel wall the surrounding environment. If the signals controlling cell adhesion become deregulated, normal vessel growth and function is lost. This contributes to the progression of a wide range of human diseases, including cancer growth and metastasis, diabetic eye disease and stroke. Dr Gordon aims to use novel biological models, biochemical assays and imaging techniques to better understand vessel biology, which will enable improved treatment of disease and aid in the development of vascularised, bioengineered organs.

Dr Gordon received her Bachelor of Science (2005) and PhD (2011) from The University of Adelaide, after which she undertook six years of postdoctoral studies at Yale University in the USA and Uppsala University in Sweden. With the support of an ARC DECRA Fellowship, Dr Gordon relocated to IMB in 2017 to establish her independent research career as an IMB Fellow. In 2019, she was appointed as Group Leader of the Vessel Dynamics Laboratory.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Adelaide

Publications

  • Essebier, Patricia, Keyser, Mikaela, Yordanov, Teodor, Hill, Brittany, Yu, Alexander, Noordstra, Ivar, Yap, Alpha S., Stehbens, Samantha J., Lagendijk, Anne K., Schimmel, Lilian and Gordon, Emma J. (2024). c-Src induced vascular malformations require localised matrix degradation at focal adhesions. Journal of Cell Science, 137 (13). doi: 10.1242/jcs.262101

  • Noordstra, Ivar, Hermoso, Mario Díez, Schimmel, Lilian, Bonfim-Melo, Alexis, Currin-Ross, Denni, Duong, Cao Nguyen, Kalappurakkal, Joseph Mathew, Morris, Richard G., Vestweber, Dietmar, Mayor, Satyajit, Gordon, Emma, Roca-Cusachs, Pere and Yap, Alpha S. (2023). An E-cadherin-actin clutch translates the mechanical force of cortical flow for cell-cell contact to inhibit epithelial cell locomotion. Developmental Cell, 58 (18), 1748-1763.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2023.06.011

  • Labzin, Larisa I., Chew, Keng Yih, Eschke, Kathrin, Wang, Xiaohui, Esposito, Tyron, Stocks, Claudia J., Rae, James, Patrick, Ralph, Mostafavi, Helen, Hill, Brittany, Yordanov, Teodor E., Holley, Caroline L., Emming, Stefan, Fritzlar, Svenja, Mordant, Francesca L., Steinfort, Daniel P., Subbarao, Kanta, Nefzger, Christian M., Lagendijk, Anne K., Gordon, Emma J., Parton, Robert G., Short, Kirsty R., Londrigan, Sarah L. and Schroder, Kate (2023). Macrophage ACE2 is necessary for SARS-CoV-2 replication and subsequent cytokine responses that restrict continued virion release. Science Signaling, 16 (782) eabq1366, eabq1366. doi: 10.1126/scisignal.abq1366

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Supervision

  • (2022) Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Journal Article

  • Essebier, Patricia, Keyser, Mikaela, Yordanov, Teodor, Hill, Brittany, Yu, Alexander, Noordstra, Ivar, Yap, Alpha S., Stehbens, Samantha J., Lagendijk, Anne K., Schimmel, Lilian and Gordon, Emma J. (2024). c-Src induced vascular malformations require localised matrix degradation at focal adhesions. Journal of Cell Science, 137 (13). doi: 10.1242/jcs.262101

  • Noordstra, Ivar, Hermoso, Mario Díez, Schimmel, Lilian, Bonfim-Melo, Alexis, Currin-Ross, Denni, Duong, Cao Nguyen, Kalappurakkal, Joseph Mathew, Morris, Richard G., Vestweber, Dietmar, Mayor, Satyajit, Gordon, Emma, Roca-Cusachs, Pere and Yap, Alpha S. (2023). An E-cadherin-actin clutch translates the mechanical force of cortical flow for cell-cell contact to inhibit epithelial cell locomotion. Developmental Cell, 58 (18), 1748-1763.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2023.06.011

  • Labzin, Larisa I., Chew, Keng Yih, Eschke, Kathrin, Wang, Xiaohui, Esposito, Tyron, Stocks, Claudia J., Rae, James, Patrick, Ralph, Mostafavi, Helen, Hill, Brittany, Yordanov, Teodor E., Holley, Caroline L., Emming, Stefan, Fritzlar, Svenja, Mordant, Francesca L., Steinfort, Daniel P., Subbarao, Kanta, Nefzger, Christian M., Lagendijk, Anne K., Gordon, Emma J., Parton, Robert G., Short, Kirsty R., Londrigan, Sarah L. and Schroder, Kate (2023). Macrophage ACE2 is necessary for SARS-CoV-2 replication and subsequent cytokine responses that restrict continued virion release. Science Signaling, 16 (782) eabq1366, eabq1366. doi: 10.1126/scisignal.abq1366

  • Jin, Yi, Ding, Yindi, Richards, Mark, Kaakinen, Mika, Giese, Wolfgang, Baumann, Elisabeth, Szymborska, Anna, Rosa, André, Nordling, Sofia, Schimmel, Lilian, Akmeriç, Emir Bora, Pena, Andreia, Nwadozi, Emmanuel, Jamalpour, Maria, Holstein, Katrin, Sáinz-Jaspeado, Miguel, Bernabeu, Miguel O., Welsh, Michael, Gordon, Emma, Franco, Claudio A., Vestweber, Dietmar, Eklund, Lauri, Gerhardt, Holger and Claesson-Welsh, Lena (2022). Tyrosine-protein kinase Yes controls endothelial junctional plasticity and barrier integrity by regulating VE-cadherin phosphorylation and endocytosis. Nature Cardiovascular Research, 1 (12), 1156-1173+. doi: 10.1038/s44161-022-00172-z

  • Schimmel, Lilian, Chew, Keng Yih, Stocks, Claudia J., Yordanov, Teodor E., Essebier, Patricia, Kulasinghe, Arutha, Monkman, James, Santos Miggiolaro, Anna Flavia Ribeiro, Cooper, Caroline, Noronha, Lucia, Schroder, Kate, Lagendijk, Anne Karine, Labzin, Larisa I., Short, Kirsty R. and Gordon, Emma J. (2021). Endothelial cells are not productively infected by SARS‐CoV‐2. Clinical and Translational Immunology, 10 (10) e1350, e1350. doi: 10.1002/cti2.1350

  • Arts, Janine J. G., Mahlandt, Eike K., Grönloh, Max, Schimmel, Lilian, Noordstra, Ivar, Gordon, Emma, van Steen, Abraham C.I., Tol, Simon, Walzog, Barbara, van Rijssel, Jos, Nolte, Martijn A., Postma, Marten, Khuon, Satya, Heddleston, John M., Wait, Eric, Chew, Teng Leong, Winter, Mark, Montanez, Eloi, Goedhart, Joachim and van Buul, Jaap D. (2021). Endothelial junctional membrane protrusions serve as hotspots for neutrophil transmigration. eLife, 10 e66074. doi: 10.7554/elife.66074

  • Englert, Hanna, Rangaswamy, Chandini, Deppermann, Carsten, Sperhake, Jan-Peter, Krisp, Christoph, Schreier, Danny, Gordon, Emma, Konrath, Sandra, Haddad, Munif, Pula, Giordano, Mailer, Reiner K, Schlüter, Hartmut, Kluge, Stefan, Langer, Florian, Püschel, Klaus, Panousis, Kosta, Stavrou, Evi X, Maas, Coen, Renné, Thomas and Frye, Maike (2021). Defective NET clearance contributes to sustained FXII activation in COVID-19-associated pulmonary thrombo-inflammation. EBioMedicine, 67 103382, 103382. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2021.103382

  • Vion, Anne-Clémence, Perovic, Tijana, Petit, Charlie, Hollfinger, Irene, Bartels-Klein, Eireen, Frampton, Emmanuelle, Gordon, Emma, Claesson-Welsh, Lena and Gerhardt, Holger (2021). Endothelial cell orientation and polarity are controlled by shear stress and VEGF through distinct signaling pathways. Frontiers in Physiology, 11 623769, 623769. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2020.623769

  • Karunakaran, Denuja, Nguyen, My-Anh, Geoffrion, Michele, Vreeken, Dianne, Lister, Zachary, Cheng, Henry S., Otte, Nicola, Essebier, Patricia, Wyatt, Hailey, Kandiah, Joshua W., Jung, Richard, Alenghat, Francis J., Mompeon, Ana, Lee, Richard, Pan, Calvin, Gordon, Emma, Rasheed, Adil, Lusis, Aldons J., Liu, Peter, Matic, Ljubica Perisic, Hedin, Ulf, Fish, Jason E., Guo, Liang, Kolodgie, Frank, Virmani, Renu, van Gils, Janine M. and Rayner, Katey J. (2021). RIPK1 expression associates with inflammation in early atherosclerosis in humans and can be therapeutically silenced to reduce NF-κB activation and atherogenesis in mice. Circulation, 143 (2) CIRCULATIONAHA.118.038379, 163-177. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.118.038379

  • Gordon, Emma, Schimmel, Lilian and Frye, Maike (2020). The importance of mechanical forces for in vitro endothelial cell biology. Frontiers in Physiology, 11 684, 684. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2020.00684

  • Rondon‐Galeano, Maria, Skoczylas, Renae, Bower, Neil I., Simons, Cas, Gordon, Emma, Francois, Mathias, Koltowska, Katarzyna and Hogan, Benjamin M. (2020). MAFB modulates the maturation of lymphatic vascular networks in mice. Developmental Dynamics, 249 (10) dvdy.209, 1201-1216. doi: 10.1002/dvdy.209

  • Smith, Ross O., Ninchoji, Takeshi, Gordon, Emma, André, Helder, Dejana, Elisabetta, Vestweber, Dietmar, Kvanta, Anders and Claesson-Welsh, Lena (2020). Vascular permeability in retinopathy is regulated by VEGFR2 Y949 signaling to VE-cadherin. eLife, 9 e54056. doi: 10.7554/eLife.54056

  • Schimmel, Lilian, Fukuhara, Daisuke, Richards, Mark, Jin, Yi, Essebier, Patricia, Frampton, Emmanuelle, Hedlund, Marie, Dejana, Elisabetta, Claesson-Welsh, Lena and Gordon, Emma (2020). c-Src controls stability of sprouting blood vessels in the developing retina independently of cell-cell adhesion through focal adhesion assembly. Development, 147 (7) 185405, dev.185405. doi: 10.1242/dev.185405

  • Schimmel, Lilian and Gordon, Emma (2018). The precise molecular signals that control endothelial cell–cell adhesion within the vessel wall. Biochemical Society Transactions, 46 (6), 1673-1680. doi: 10.1042/bst20180377

  • Caolo, Vincenza, Peacock, Hanna M., Kasaai, Bahar, Swennen, Geertje, Gordon, Emma, Claesson-Welsh, Lena, Post, Mark J., Verhamme, Peter and Jones, Elizabeth A. V. (2018). Shear stress and VE-cadherin. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, 38 (9), 2174-2183. doi: 10.1161/ATVBAHA.118.310823

  • Simons, Michael, Gordon, Emma and Claesson-Welsh, Lena (2016). Mechanisms and regulation of endothelial VEGF receptor signalling. Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology, 17 (10), 611-625. doi: 10.1038/nrm.2016.87

  • Gordon, Emma J., Fukuhara, Daisuke, Westrom, Simone, Padhan, Narendra, Sjostrom, Elisabet O., van Meeteren, Laurens, He, Liqun, Orsenigo, Fabrizio, Dejana, Elisabetta, Bentley, Katie, Spurkland, Anne and Claesson-Welsh, Lena (2016). The endothelial adaptor molecule TSAd is required for VEGF-induced angiogenic sprouting through junctional c-Src activation. Science Signaling, 9 (437) ra72, ra72-ra72. doi: 10.1126/scisignal.aad9256

  • Fleetwood, Filippa, Guler, Rezan, Gordon, Emma, Stahl, Stefan, Claesson-Welsh, Lena and Lofblom, John (2016). Novel affinity binders for neutralization of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signaling. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 73 (8), 1671-1683. doi: 10.1007/s00018-015-2088-7

  • Li, Xiujuan, Padhan, Narendra, Sjostrom, Elisabet O., Roche, Francis P., Testini, Chiara, Honkura, Naoki, Sainz-Jaspeado, Miguel, Gordon, Emma, Bentley, Katie, Philippides, Andrew, Tolmachev, Vladimir, Dejana, Elisabetta, Stan, Radu V., Vestweber, Dietmar, Ballmer-Hofer, Kurt, Betsholtz, Christer, Pietras, Kristian, Jansson, Leif and Claesson-Welsh, Lena (2016). VEGFR2 pY949 signalling regulates adherens junction integrity and metastatic spread. Nature Communications, 7 (1) 11017. doi: 10.1038/ncomms11017

  • Aspalter, Irene Maria, Gordon, Emma, Dubrac, Alexandre, Ragab, Anan, Narloch, Jarek, Vizan, Pedro, Geudens, Ilse, Collins, Russell Thomas, Franco, Claudio Areias, Abrahams, Cristina Luna, Thurston, Gavin, Fruttiger, Marcus, Rosewell, Ian, Eichmann, Anne and Gerhardt, Holger (2015). Alk1 and Alk5 inhibition by Nrp1 controls vascular sprouting downstream of Notch. Nature Communications, 6 (1) 7264. doi: 10.1038/ncomms8264

  • Brunet, Isabelle, Gordon, Emma, Han, Jinah, Cristofaro, Brunella, Broqueres-You, Dong, Liu, Chun, Bouvree, Karine, Zhang, Jiasheng, del Toro, Raquel, Mathivet, Thomas, Larrivee, Bruno, Jagu, Julia, Pibouin-Fragner, Laurence, Pardanaud, Luc, Machado, Maria J. C., Kennedy, Timothy E., Zhuang, Zhen, Simons, Michael, Levy, Bernard I., Tessier-Lavigne, Marc, Grenz, Almut, Eltzschig, Holger and Eichmann, Anne (2014). Netrin-1 controls sympathetic arterial innervation. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 124 (7), 3230-3240. doi: 10.1172/JCI75181

  • Harvey, Natasha L. and Gordon, Emma J. (2012). Deciphering the roles of macrophages in developmental and inflammation stimulated lymphangiogenesis. Vascular Cell, 4 (1) 15, 15. doi: 10.1186/2045-824X-4-15

  • Bouvree, Karine, Brunet, Isabelle, del Toro, Raquel, Gordon, Emma, Prahst, Claudia, Cristofaro, Brunella, Mathivet, Thomas, Xu, Yunling, Soueid, Jihane, Fortuna, Vitor, Miura, Nayoki, Aigrot, Marie-Stephane, Maden, Charlotte H., Ruhrberg, Christiana, Thomas, Jean Leon and Eichmann, Anne (2012). Semaphorin3A, Neuropilin-1, and PlexinA1 are required for lymphatic valve formation. Circulation Research, 111 (4), 437-445. doi: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.112.269316

  • Larrivee, Bruno, Prahst, Claudia, Gordon, Emma, del Toro, Raquel, Mathivet, Thomas, Duarte, Antonio, Simons, Michael and Eichmann, Anne (2012). ALK1 signaling inhibits angiogenesis by cooperating with the Notch pathway. Developmental Cell, 22 (3), 489-500. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2012.02.005

  • Gordon, Emma J., Rao, Sujata, Pollard, Jeffrey W., Nutt, Stephen L., Lang, Richard A. and Harvey, Natasha L. (2010). Macrophages define dermal lymphatic vessel calibre during development by regulating lymphatic endothelial cell proliferation. Development, 137 (22), 3899-3910. doi: 10.1242/dev.050021

  • Gordon, Emma J., Gale, Nicholas W. and Harvey, Natasha L. (2008). Expression of the hyaluronan receptor LYVE-1 is not restricted to the lymphatic vasculature; LYVE-1 is also expressed on embryonic blood vessels. Developmental Dynamics, 237 (7), 1901-1909. doi: 10.1002/dvdy.21605

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision

  • (2022) Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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