Gurtner Laboratory Stanford University


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Geoffrey C. Gurtner, MD, FACS

Principle Investigator

Dr. Geoffrey C. Gurtner is the Johnson and Johnson Professor of Surgery and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (by courtesy) at Stanford University. He currently serves as the Associate Chairman for Research in the Department of Surgery and is the Executive Director of the Stanford Wound Care Center. Dr. Gurtner is a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and an AOA graduate of the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, a plastic surgery residency at NYU School of Medicine and received advanced training in microsurgery at the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is board certified in both general surgery and plastic surgery. He is the author of over 180 peer-reviewed publications in both scientific and surgical literature. He is an Editor for two major textbooks in the field: Grabb & Smith’s Plastic Surgery and Plastic Surgery (Third Edition). Dr. Gurtner was awarded the James Barrett Brown Award (for best paper in plastic surgery) in both 2009 and 2010 and has been named “researcher of the year” by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. His research has led to the development of novel biomedical technologies. Dr. Gurtner has founded several venture backed start-up companies

Arnetha Whitmore

Arnetha graduated from the University of Miami in Florida in 2006 with degrees in Psychology and History. She joined the Gurtner laboratory in the Spring of 2009, and oversees day to day lab management, grant applications and budgeting. Her current project focuses on reducing infection during surgical procedures. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in business management and health sciences.


Michael Januszyk, MD

Michael Januszyk received his M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and holds three B.S. degrees from the University of Illinois as well as a Masters in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University. He has received fellowships through the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Library of Medicine (NLM), American Heart Association (AHA), and Sarnoff Cardiovascular Foundation. His research focuses on applying computational techniques to develop novel approaches for biomedical research.


Zeshaan Maan, MD

Zeshaan Maan received his medical degree from King’s College London School of Medicine. He moved to the UK after graduating from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California. During his Core Surgical Training, which he completed at St Andrews Centre for Plastic Surgery & Burns (Broomfield, Essex), he gained an M.S. in Surgical Technology from Imperial College London and achieved Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons. He is a Plastic Surgery Foundation fellow and his research focuses on investigating signalling pathways in mammalian regeneration and the role of SDF-1 in progenitor cell recruitment and niche homeostasis.


Melanie Rodrigues

Melanie Rodrigues received her Ph.D from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine working on increasing the survival of bone-marrow derived multipotent stem cells, and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Biotechnology. She is a Wound Healing Society 3M Fellow and her research focuses on characterizing novel progenitor cells that can be used to aid wound healing.

Michael Findlay MBBS, PhD, FRACS

FindlayMichael is a Surgeon Scientist combining translational stem cell and regenerative medicine research with clinical practice as an Academic Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon. He joined the Gurtner laboratory in 2012 as a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor from the University of Melbourne where he completed his residency and fellowship training along with his PhD in tissue-engineered breast reconstruction in 2008. He holds unique parallel Bachelor degrees in Science (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Immunology) Medicine and Surgery, graduating from the University of Queensland in 1997. He was awarded an Early Career Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia in 2013 to undertake collaborative research into acquired defects in stem cell function and novel therapies to improve wound healing, vascularisation and tissue engineering in clinical practice.

Dominik Duscher, MD

DominikDominik Duscher studied medicine at the the Medical University of Vienna, Austria the University College London, UK, the Facoltà di Medicina dell’ Università Sapienza, Rome, Italy and the Harvard Medical School, USA. He received his M.D. in 2012 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Dominik joined Dr. Gurtner’s laboratory beginning 2013 as a post-doctoral fellow and his research interests include skin and soft tissue regeneration as well as stem cell based therapies for diabetic and aged wound healing.



Peter Than, MD

Peter Than is a resident physician in the general surgery training program at Stanford. He received his B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Florida and his M.D. from Brown University. His research, which is funded by a grant from the American College of Surgeons, focuses on regenerative medicine with components of composite tissue engineering, autologous neo-organ development for organ replacement therapy, gene therapy, immunomodulatory applications of stem cells, oncology, and the development of novel biologic materials for clinical applications.



Sacha Khong, PhD

Sacha Khong received her Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (first class honors) and her PhD from Monash University in Australia. She completed a year of Postdoctoral training at the laboratory of renowned Australian Immunologist, Professor Richard Boyd, before accepting a position as a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University. Her research at Stanford focuses on developing better therapeutic strategies for non-healing chronic wounds as well as for cancer.



Cathy Kun, MD, PhD

Kun (Cathy) Ma received her M.D. from Shanxi Medical University, China and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from National University of Singapore, Singapore. Her research interests include stem cell therapy, tissue engineering and mechanical wound healing model. Currently, she focuses on skin and lung fibrosis research using mechanotransduction-modulated wound healing models.



Chris Davis, MD

Christopher Davis is a Fulbright Scholar undertaking translational research in Dr Gurtner's laboratory on microsurgical reconstruction after cancer. Christopher is a plastic surgery resident from the UK who has received awards from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons, and Royal Society of Medicine, in addition to an International Young Investigator Award.



Janos Barrera, BS

Janos Barrera is a fourth year medical student at Stanford University School of Medicine. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Washington. He previously received research fellowships through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His research focuses on applying stem cell and biomimetic scaffold technology to improve burn wound care.



Alex Whittam, BA

Alex Whittam received his B.A. in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, where he also spent two years researching the human bodies biological processes involved in hair follicle neogenesis. At Stanford University, his area of research includes investigating the challenges, opportunities, and viability of various therapeutic approaches on wound healing. More specifically, he aims to explore the role of SDF-1 and the inhibition of CD26 in diabetic wounds. He joined the Gurtner Laboratory in July of 2013.



Revanth Kosaraju

Revanth Kosaraju is a sophomore undergrad at Stanford University, studying Biology. He is currently researching the implications of using ASC-seeded hydrogels for wound healing in a mouse model. In addition to labwork, Revanth enjoys spending his time hanging out with friends and family, going for a bike ride or run around campus, or watching college football (go Stanford!). He hopes to attend medical school and be a practicing physician-scientist one day.

Yujin Park

Yu Jin joined Gurtner lab in 2007 as a Lab technician. She is helping lab research mainly in histology and tissue engineering. She is originally from South Korea and has a degree in Nutritional Science.


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