Welcome to the Poss Lab! Our diverse group of post doctoral fellows, graduate students and research associates aim to understand the mechanisms underlying vertebrate tissue regeneration focusing on the heart, spinal cord and major appendages in zebrafish, which possess especially high regenerative capacity.

Ken Poss is the head of Duke Regeneration Center  and the President of the International Society for Regenerative Biology. Please visit these websites for more information and to become more involved.

The Poss lab has a number of potential openings. Please contact ken.poss@duke.edu for details.

Graduate Students

Postdoctoral Fellows

Research Scientist

Find updates on the Poss Lab on Twitter @Ken_Poss_Lab

Duke Regeneration Center Twitter @DukeRegenerate



The Poss Lab and DiTalia Lab would like to congratulate postdoctoral fellow Nitya Ramkumar on her NIH K01 award. Congratulations Nitya!


The Poss Lab spent a few days in the NC mountains for a lab retreat. Our first retreat in 7 years, but we will make this a tradition again!




The Poss Lab said farewell to Valentina Cigliola at Motorco before she departed for France to start her new lab at the University of Valrose, Nice.

Poss Lab Farewell for Valentina Cigliola at Motorco


Congratulations to Poss Lab on their newly published paper in Cell Stem Cell titledAn enhancer-based gene-therapy strategy for spatiotemporal control of cargoes during tissue repair“!




Congratulations to postdoc Valentina Cigliola, who will be starting her new independent lab at Institute of Biology Valrose, University of Cote d’Azur in Nice, France in 2023!!

Valentina Cigliola and Ken Poss
Valentina Cigliola and Ken Poss, August 2022


Congratulations to Fei Sun, our newest PhD recipient!!

Fei Sun hooding ceremony
Fei Sun, Hooding Ceremony, May 2022

Congratulations to postdoc Alessandro De Simone, for starting his new independent lab at Department of Genetics and Evolution at University of Geneva!!

Alessandro DeSimone, Ph.D.
Alessandro DeSimone, Assistant Professor, University of Geneva


Congratulations to postdoc Mira Pronobis, for receiving a Career Development Award from the American Heart Association!!
Mira carving her pumpkin
Mira Pronobis, Poss Lab fall outing 2021


Congratulations to John Thompson, PhD!

John Thompson and Ken Poss
John Dayland Thompson, Cell Biology. PhD Hooding Ceremony. 2021-09-25


Congratulations to Anzhi Chen, PhD!

Anzhi Chen and Ken Poss
Anzhi Chen, Cell Biology. PhD Hooding Ceremony. 2021-09-25




Big news!

We are thrilled to announce a new society promoting science for tissue regeneration. See writeup with Elly Tanaka in Development and visit isrbio.org. Virtual launch meeting in April -join, see great talks, students and postdocs submit abstracts!




To Anzhi Chen for successfully defending on November 20, 2020.



To Adam Shoffner, MD for successfully defending on October 21, 2020.

To John Thompson for successfully defending on July 14, 2020.

To Leslie Slota, PhD for receiving an F32 grant.