Plastic Surgery Research Council
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Primary Lab Contact
Name Anshu B. Mathur, PhD
Title Associate Professor
Phone 713-563-7568
Email amathur@mdanderson.org

Website https://www.mdanderson.org/research/departments-labs-institutes/departments-divisions/plastic-surgery/research.html
Laboratory Tissue Regeneration and Molecular Cell Engineering Labs
Lab Location The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd, Unit 602
Houston, TX 77030
Lab Category Tissue Engineering
Lab Facilities Atomic Scale Imaging and Mechanics Lab, Microscopy Facility, Biomaterials Fabrication and Characterization Lab, Cell and Tissue Culture, Partnership with Microsurgery Research Laboratory, Surgical Suites at MDA Bastrop facility
Animal Facility Yes (Rodents, Pig, Sheep, Rabbits, Canines)
Type of Research Tissue Regeneration and Repair, Biomaterials, Cell-Matrix Interactions, Cell and Material Biomechanics, Nanotherapeutics Design and Testing, Nanotherapeutic Delivery-Microsurgery
1. Investigator's Name Anshu B. Mathur PhD, Charles E. Butler MD, Peirong Yu MD, Roman J. Skoracki MD, Geoffrey L. Robb MD, Gregory P. Reece MD, Mark W. Clemmens MD
Brief Description Several Projects Available in areas such as Bone Regeneration, Musculofascia Regeneration, Microvascular Guidance in 3-D Nanostructures, 3-D Nanomaterials, Biomaterials Engineering, Nanotherapeutics targeting and delivery to tumors, Stem Cell interactions with Biomaterials, Adipose Tissue Engineering, Tracheal Tissue Engineering

Opportunity for Student Degree Program yes  
Research Fellowship Available Yes
Funding Available National Institutes of Health, Gilsson Logenbaugh Foundation, Plastic Surgery Kyte Research Fund
Educational or Prior Experience Requirements PhD in an engineering/ biomedical engineering or related field discipline and/or MD with surgical skills  
Additional Details The TRAMCEL labs provide a unique inter-disciplinary clinically translatable research environment for training of engineering and surgery research trainees at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. We have cultivated expertise in micro/nano technology and devices as it is applied to the manufacturing of regenerative biomaterials and therapeutic delivery vehicles with applications in the field of nanomedicine and regenerative medicine. The postdoctoral fellows are co-mentored by an engineering faculty and a plastic surgery faculty. In most cases but not always, PhDs have the engineering faculty as the primary mentor, the MDs have the clinical faculty as the primary mentor. Additionally, all fellows themselves mentor 2-3 undergraduate and/or graduate student trainees in the lab from various backgrounds, biomedical engineering, pharmacy school, medical school, and other engineering and biology disciplines. The student trainees are also allowed to work on independent projects and many times result in a publication and/or contribution towards key data collection for grants. Postdoctoral fellows are required to publish 2-3 peer-reviewed publications on the work that they do in the lab and present at least one major meeting/symposia at the national-international level. The diverse areas of disciplines working together in the lab form a home for creativity and innovation in the lab. Finally, the various mentoring levels make a seamless interface that allows information to travel freely