Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine and Applied Sciences
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The long term goal of The Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine and Applied Sciences is to develop a functional hybrid graft to heal full thickness skin defects and explore the potential of epithelial derived stem cells (LGR5+ and LGR6+) for burns, neuropathic ulcers, and hair regeneration.
We are also exploring the potential of merging TRAIL therapy with conventional breast reconstruction procedures to eliminate breast cancer recurrence after mastectomy.
- Bioenginnered Skin: An Approach To Heal Full Thickness Skin Defects
Goal: To develop a three dimensional (3-D) full thickness bioengineered skin to heal full thickness skin defects by providing complete closure and protection of wounds, with augmented wound healing and neovascularization at the injury site along with the development of nascent hair follicles.
- Human Hair Regeneration: A Cure for Male Pattern Baldness
Goal: To produce de novo human hair follicles from LGR5 stem cells for a potential long term treatment for male pattern baldness.
- A Microbiologic Comparison of Acellular Dermal Matrices as an Aseptic Reconstructive Material and a Scaffold for Stem Cell In- growth
Goal: To perform a microbiologic assessment of different Acellular Dermal Matrices (ADM) that are commonly used during reconstructive surgeries
- The TRAIL Flap: Bridging the Gap Between Breast Cancer Treatment and Reconstruction via a Gene Therapy Flap
Goal: To determine if the TRAIL flap will be able to deliver anti-cancer therapy to a local tumor bed, which will limit systemic side effects.
- Development of a Chimeric Free Flap for Soft Tissue Coverage Following Burns, Trauma, Chronic Wounds and Cancer Resection
Goal: To pursue clinical use of epithelial stem cells in chronic wounds, burns and poly-trauma and develop a method of soft tissue coverage utilizing chimeric free flap allografts.
- Therapeutic Fat Grafting: Breast Cancer Treatment and Reconstruction
Goal: To determine the oncological safety of lipofilling/fat grafting.
- ADSC Potentiates Tissue Reorganization/Repair – Radiated Expansion
Goal: To measure the effects of irradiation on tissue regeneration by evaluating ADSC differentiation into regenerative skin components and quantifying ADSC paracrine secretion of growth hormones.
- Lough DM, Yang M, Blum A, Reichensperger JD, Cosenza NM, Wetter N, Cox LA, Harrison CE, Neumeister MW. Transplantation of the LGR6+ epithelial stem cell into full-thickness cutaneous wounds results in enhanced healing, nascent hair follicle development, and augmentation of angiogenic analytes. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Mar;133(3):579-90. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000000075.
- Lough D, Dai H, Yang M, Reichensperger J, Cox L, Harrison C, Neumeister MW. Stimulation of the Follicular Bulge LGR5+ and LGR6+ Stem Cells with the Gut-Derived Hman Alpha Defensin 5 Results in Deceased Bacterial Presence, Enhanced Wound Healing, and Hair Growth from Tissue Devoid of Adnexal Structures. Plast Reconstr Surg 2013 Nov 132(5):1159-1171.
- Liu G, Neumeister MW, Reichensperger J, Yang RD. Therapeutic potential of human adipose stem cells in a cancer stem cell-like gastric cancer cell model. Int J Oncol 2013 oct;43($): 1301-9.
- Derby BM, Reichensperger J, Chambers C, Bueno RA, Suchy H, Neumeister MW. Early Growth Response Factor-1: Expression in a Rabbit Flexor Tendon Scar Model. Pla Reconstr Surg 2012 Mar;129(3):435e-442e.
- Roth V, Herron MS, Bueno RA, Chambers CB, Neumeister MW. Stimulating AAngiogenesis by Hyperbaric Oxygen in an Isolated Tissue Construct. Undersea Hyperb Med 2011 Nov-Dec 38(6):509-14.
- Cooney, DS, Chambers CB, Suchy H, Hornick MC, Reichensperger J, Neumeister MW. Transgene Expression in a Model of Composite Tissue Allotransplantation. Plast Reconstr Surg 2010 Mar: 125(3): 837-845.
Introduction to Microvascular Surgery
Microsurgery skills lab for Urology residents
High School/College Student Tours of Microsurgery Lab
Michael W. Neumeister, MD, FRCSC, FACS
Chief, Microsurgery & Research, SIUSOM
Director, Wound Care Center, Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL
Department of Surgery - Vice Chairman of Research, SIUSOM
Chairman of Plastic Surgery, SIUSOM
Program Director – Hand/Micro Surgery Fellowship, SIUSOM
Director, Regional Burn Center, Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL
Medical Director – Baylis Outpatient Surgery Center, Springfield, IL
Chairman of Surgery, SIUSOM Microsurgery
1984- B.S. in Physiology/Pharmacology - University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada 1988- M.D. - University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1996- Residency in Plastic Surgery - University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
1996- Fellowship in Microsurgery- Harvard University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
1997- Fellowship in Hand Surgery/Microsurgery - Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
Ashim Gupta, M.S., Ph.D
Director Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine and Applied Sciences
Research Assistant Professor
2008- B.Pharm- Delhi Institute on Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, University of Delhi, Delhi, India
2009- PDCR (Professional Diploma in Clinical Research)-Catalyst Clinical Services Pvt.Ltd., Delhi, India
2010- M.S. - SIU SOM
2014- Ph.D. – SIU SOM
Carrie Harrison, B.S.
Research Laboratory Coordinator
Education: 1998- B.S. Clinical Laboratory Science- University of Illinois Springfield, Springfield, IL
Lisa Cox, B.S.
Researcher IV - Director of Animal Studies
Education: 1995 - B.S. in Life Sciences from Napier University in Edinburg, UK
Joel Reichensperger, B.S.
Researcher III - Cell Culture
Education: 1996- B.S. Biology from Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Nicole Cosenza, M.S.
Researcher III – Molecular/Bench Assays
Education: 2000 - B.A. in Biology from Blackburn, Carlinville, IL
2007 - M.S. in Biology from University of Illinois Springfield, Springfield, IL
SIU School of Medicine
Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine and Applied Sciences
801 N. Rutledge
Springfield, IL 62794