Justin Rustenhoven

The brain is a highly metabolic organ and generates a large amount of waste products, several of which are detrimental to central nervous system homeostasis. However, compared to most organs, the brain has a relatively underdeveloped lymphatic drainage system which is situated in the meninges rather than the brain parenchyma. As a postdoctoral research fellow in the Kipnis lab, I am interested in exploring the mechanistic basis for the limited brain lymphatic vasculature and methods to increase its coverage utilizing primary/iPSC-derived in vitro cultures and in vivo rodent models.

Email: jr9na@virginia.edu