Plastic Surgery Research Initiatives
Research is a vital part of the Plastic Surgery program at Vanderbilt. This endeavor is powered by plastic surgery research fellows, attending physicians, surgical faculty and other collaborators and colleagues from various disciplines. The Department of Plastic Surgery funds one full-time Research Fellow each year who along with research staff and medical students, assist faculty with their scientific studies. Investigators are able to use other shared institutional cores and resources. The inclusive nature of the research environment at Vanderbilt has yields collectively dozens of publications annually. Lillian B. Nanney, Ph.D, is director of the laboratory. The focus of the labs director is investigating molecular mechanisms controlling cutaneous repair and regeneration in mice, pigs and humans.
Current Research Activities
Dedicated and Available Research Facilities
Plastic Surgery has a 1650 sq. ft. dedicated laboratory facility including a histopathology lab, molecular biology lab, microscope with computerized morphometry and small animal surgery area and tissue culture facilities. The lab is located in Medical Center North and includes an immunohistochemistry lab, molecular biology lab, and a microscope capable of computerized morphometry as well as facilities used by all divisions of the Section of Surgical Sciences.
The S.R. Light Surgical Operating Suites are maintained by the Section of Surgical Sciences and operate as the University's Survival Surgical Suite.
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