Dr. Badylak’s laboratory is a highly interdisciplinary environment. The major focus of the laboratory is the development of regenerative medicine strategies for tissue and organ replacement. The utilization of mammalian extracellular matrix (ECM), or its derivatives, as an inductive template for constructive remodeling of tissue is a common theme of most research activities. The central and most important objective of all projects is clinical translation and improved patient care. Research activities span the full spectrum of basic science to human clinical trials to advance that objective.
The Badylak laboratory thrives upon both internal and external collaboration. Most projects involve the combined efforts of life scientists, biomedical engineers, physicians, veterinarians, and a strong technical support staff. Currently, there are five staff scientists (including cell biologists, engineers, immunologists, molecular biologists, and biochemists), seven pre-doctoral students, four post-doctoral fellows, four technicians, three administrative assistants, two combined degree students (MD-PhD, IBGP), and approximately six undergraduate students. In addition, there are typically two or three international visiting scientists in the laboratory and two or three clinician-surgeons involved in every active project.