Welcome to the Mentzer Lab

The Mentzer Lab investigates the adaptive processes involved in blood vessel growth (angiogenesis) and lung regeneration. The study of these processes involves a multi-scale approach: 1) the regulated expression of genes and molecules, 2) the interactive signaling communication between cells, and 3) the structural relationships leading to adult tissue remodeling (morphogenesis). The focus of our laboratory are processes fundamental to normal tissue repair and regeneration; the perturbation of these processes is a major contributor to lung disease and lung cancer.

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We are accepting applications for a funded Surgical Research Fellowship (US Citizens or equivalent currently in an American surgical residency) beginning in July 2019. Fellowships are also available starting July 2020. Contact us for details.
Dr. Yifan Zheng was planning to present "Branch-chain interpenetration of the mesothelial glycoclayx with naturally-occurring biopolymers" at Experimental Biology in San Diego on April 7, 2020.
Christine Byun presented "Optimizing the physical properties of pectin for application as a visceral organ sealant" at the Academic Surgical Congress in Orlando, FL on February 6, 2020.
Dr. Yifan Zheng will be presenting "Branch-chain interpenetration of the mesothelial glycoclayx with naturally-occurring biopolymers" at Experimental Biology in San Diego on April 7, 2020.
Christine Byun presented "Optimizing the physical properties of pectin for application as a visceral organ sealant" at the Academic Surgical Congress in Orlando, FL on February 6, 2020.
Christine Byun will be presenting her work at the AMA EXPO Research Symposium on November 15, 2019.
Sarah Southerland and Steven Burcat won the grand prize in the Design of Medical Devices conference for the team's creative pectin application device.