Ken Poss, PhD
James B. Duke Professor of Cell Biology
Ken Poss’s lab studies the regeneration of tissues like heart, appendages, and spinal cord in zebrafish. They have established many genetic tools to interrogate these spectacular examples of regeneration, revealing new concepts and mechanisms of tissue regeneration.
Ben Alman, MD
Chair and Distinguished James R. Urbaniak Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Ben Alman’s research focuses on understanding the role of developmentally important processes in the pathologic process involving the musculoskeletal system. The long-term goal of his work is to use this knowledge to identify improved therapeutic approaches to orthopaedic pathologic disorders.
Nenad Bursac, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
The Bursac Lab researches the burgeoning field of regenerative medicine in which exogenous cells, molecules, or biomaterials are transplanted into the body to restore function of damaged or diseased tissues and organs. Nenad studies cardiac and skeletal muscle tissue engineering therapies, differentiation of pluripotent stem cells into striated muscle cells, and electrophysiology of excitable cells and tissues.
David Sherwood, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biology
The Sherwood lab is interested in understanding mechanisms that drive dynamic cellular behaviors underlying normal development and cancer progression. Dave studies 1) how cells invade into tissues, 2) How stem cells induce their niches, and 3) How cells arrest, maintain dormancy and then reactivate growth and migration.
Sharlini Sankaran, PhD
Regeneration Next Initiative
Sharlini Sankaran is responsible for leading and growing multidisciplinary collaborative efforts in regenerative medicine at Duke. In addition to increasing awareness of regenerative medicine research at Duke, she coordinates activities such as faculty and postdoc recruitments, graduate training, funding opportunities, collaborative projects, and meetings.
Sankaran is a biomedical engineer with a career background focused on research administration, economic development, and public policy. She has almost a decade’s experience managing research and grant programs at the university, state, and non-profit levels.