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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Dr. Willi Wagner presented "Characterization of biomaterial-tissue interactions in their 3D context" at the 10th World Biomaterials Congress in Montreal on, May 18, 2016.
Dr. Cristian Valenzuela presented "Epoxide hydrolase inhibition induces an angiogenic response in the chick chorioallantoic membrane" at the Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, April 4, 2016.
Alex Ysasi presented "Post-pneumonectomy compensatory lung growth is associated with spatially dependent blood-borne myofibroblast recruitment" at the Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, April 4, 2016.
We are accepting applications for a funded Surgical Research Fellowship (US Citizens or equivalent currently in an American surgical residency) beginning in July 2016. Fellowships are also available starting July 2017. Contact us for details.