Mini Retreat 2018

The Department of Medicine will host a mini-research retreat Friday, March 16, 2018 for all interested. We anticipate the retreat running from ~ 12pm – 4pm, so please block out this time on your calendar to participate. The theme of this mini-retreat, led by Dr. Roy Zent, is “Tissue Injury, Repair and Replacement.”

Department of Medicine Mini-Research Retreat | “Tissue Injury, Repair and Replacement”

Friday, March 16, 2018 | 12:00 – 4:00p | 208 Light Hall



12:05 – 12:25

“Tissue Engineering to Understand Disease: Applications in Vascular Barrier Function”
Cynthia Reinhart-King, Ph.D.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering

12:30 – 12:50 “Mechanisms of Kidney Fibrosis”
Ambra Pozzi, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and Cancer Biology
12:55 – 1:15 “Epithelial β1 Integrin Regulates Alveolar Homeostasis and Repair”
Erin J. Plosa, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
1:20 – 1:40 “Drug Delivery Biomaterials for Tissue Preservation and Regeneration”
Craig Duvall, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
1:45 – 2:05 “Screening for Factors that Promote Retinal Regeneration”
Edward Levine, Ph.D.
William A. Black Chair in Ophthalmology
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences and Cell & Developmental Biology

2:05 – 2:30


2:30 – 2:50 “Regenerating and Replacing Pancreatic Islet Cells”
Alvin C. Powers, M.D.
Joe C. Davis Chair in Biomedical Science
Professor of Medicine, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Director, Vanderbilt Diabetes Center and Chief, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism
2:55 – 3:15 “Reprogramming Cardiac Fibroblast Activation for Heart Repair”
Young-Jae Nam, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
3:20 – 3:40 “Neurovascular Modeling and Discovery with Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells”
Ethan Scott Lippmann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
3:40 – 4:00 “It Takes a Village: Engineering an Implantable Artificial Kidney”
William H. Fissell, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine