Regenerative medicine encompasses both tissue engineering and self-healing, and the discipline has emerged as a hugely valuable one with immense ramifications for improving human health. The Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) has a unique infrastructure that provides facilities and expertise for translational studies, from basic preclinical findings all the way through Phase 2 clinical trials.

Through a training grant funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), WFIRM offers traditional didactic coursework, a variety of WFIRM-wide training activities, participation in cutting-edge research projects, grant writing, and scientific presentations and exposure to ethical issues in regenerative medicine.

The program includes six focused research areas:

  • Cardiovascular regeneration
  • Urology
  • Gastrointestinal and endocrinology (liver, pancreas, ovary)
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Stem cells and cell therapy
  • Biomaterials and enabling technologies

Each area of focus contains at least five faculty members with complementary expertise, who participate in the training and supervision of graduate students as co-mentors. Students will primarily be selected from three tracks within the newly configured structure of the Wake Forest University Graduate School:

  • Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB)
  • Biomedical Engineering (BME)
  • Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology (IPP)

After a common first year curriculum that is unique to each track, students will identify one of our 10 primary mentors (of the 19 total program faculty), take two additional regenerative medicine-based courses and choose a graduate committee that will guide them through their thesis work.  

The Program Director, Dr. Anthony Atala, has ultimate responsibility for the administration of the training program, assisted by an Executive Committee composed of senior experienced trainers. The training program is reviewed and evaluated annually by both an Internal Advisory Committee and External Advisory Committee, whose members have extensive experience managing training programs as well as nationally renowned research programs in regenerative medicine.

Faculty Research Mentors Areas of Research Focus

Faculty Area of Research Focus
Graca Almeida-Porada, PhD 
Karl-Erik Andersson, MD
Anthony Atala, MD
Khalil Bitar, PhD
George Christ, PhD
Mark Furth, PhD 
Daniel Kim-Shapiro, PhD
Sang Jin Lee, PhD 
Baisong Lu, PhD
Frank Marini, PhD
Christopher Porada, PhD 
Shay Soker, PhD
Thomas Shupe, PhD
Stephen Walker, PhD 
David Williams, PhD
J. Koudy Williams, DVM 
James J. Yoo, MD, PhD

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Meet our Pre-Doctoral Fellows

2018 WFIRM NIH Fellows

Pre-Doctoral Fellow Bios