Regenerative medicine encompasses both tissue engineering and self-healing, and the discipline has emerged as a hugely valuable one with immense ramifications for improving human health.
The Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) has a unique infrastructure that provides facilities and expertise for translational studies, from basic preclinical findings all the way through Phase 2 clinical trials. Through a training grant funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, WFIRM offers traditional didactic course work, a variety of WFIRM-wide training activities, participation in cutting-edge research projects, grant writing, and scientific presentations, and exposure to ethical issues in regenerative medicine.
There will be 6 areas of research focus: 1) urological, 2) cardiovascular, 3) musculoskeletal, 4) endocrine tissue, 5) stem cells, and 6) biomaterials/enabling technologies. Each area of focus contains at least five faculty members with complementary expertise, who will participate in the training and supervision of graduate students as co- mentors. Students will be selected from 3 Tracks within the newly configured structure of the WFU Graduate School: Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, Biomedical Engineering, or Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology.
After a common 1st year curriculum (that is unique to each track), students will identify one of our 10 primary mentors (of the 19 total program faculty), take two additional regenerative medicine-based courses, and choose a graduate committee that will guide the student through their thesis work.
The Program Director, Dr. George Christ, has ultimate responsibility for the administration of the Training program, assisted by Dr. Anthony Atala (the Associate Director) and an Executive Committee composed of senior experienced trainers. A novel aspect of the proposed mentoring structure is the inclusion of seasoned faculty (Primary Mentors~ 10), young rising faculty (Mentors in Training~ 5), and senior faculty that have career-long mentoring experience (Emeritus Mentors~ 4).
The training program, will be reviewed and evaluated annually by an Internal Advisory Committee and by an External Advisory Committee, whose members have extensive experience managing training programs as well as nationally renowned research programs in regenerative medicine. (Grant number: 1T32EB014836-01A1)
Training Grant Faculty
- Graca Almeida-Porada, PhD, Professor, WFIRM *
- Karl-Erik Andersson, MD, Professor, WFIRM
- Anthony Atala, MD, Professor, WFIRM *
- Khalil Bitar, PhD, Professor, WFIRM
- George Christ, PhD, Professor, WFIRM *
- Mark Furth, PhD, Executive Director, Product Innovations, WFInnovations
- Benjamin S. Harrison, PhD, Associate Professor, WFIRM
- Daniel Kim-Shapiro, PhD, Professor, Physics
- Sang Jin Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor, WFIRM
- Baisong Lu, PhD, Assistant Professor, WFIRM
- Frank Marini, PhD, Professor, WFIRM
- Christopher Porada, PhD, Associate Professor, WFIRM
- Shay Soker, PhD, Professor, WFIRM *
- Thomas Shupe, PhD, Instructor, WFIRM
- Steven Walker, PhD, Assistant Professor, WFIRM
- David Williams, PhD, Professor, WFIRM
- J. Koudy Williams, DVM, Professor, WFIRM *
- James J. Yoo, MD, PhD, Professor, WFIRM
* Denotes Member of Executive Committee