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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Alex Ysasi presented "Deformation-Induced Ingression of Transitional Pleural Myofibroblasts during Compensatory Lung Growth" at the Experimental Biology Meeting in Chicago on April 25, 2017.
Dr. Andrew Servais presented "Structural Heteropolysaccharide Binding to the Visceral Mesothelial Glycocalyx" at the Experimental Biology Meeting on April 25, 2017 in Chicago.
Dr. Cristian Valenzuela presented "Harvest and Imaging of Pleural Mesothelium en face" at the Experimental Biology Meeting in Chicago on April 26, 2017.
We are accepting applications for a funded Surgical Research Fellowship (US Citizens or equivalent currently in an American surgical residency) beginning in July 2018. Fellowships are also available starting July 2019. Contact us for details.