Researcher working in lab

Basic Science Lab


To support education and research at SIU School of Medicine/Department of Surgery/Institute for Plastic Surgery in a meaningful way that drives learners to contribute to advancing science as learners become experts.

The research laboratories in the Institute for Plastic Surgery are dedicated to providing research support including grant acquisition, project execution, and data synthesis for publication/presentation.

We also provide microsurgical education to medical students and residents of SIU School of Medicine.

Research Staff

Nicole Z. Sommer, MD
Professor, Residency Program Director, Director of Cosmetic Clinic

Nada Berry, MD
Associate Professor

Michael Neumeister, MD
Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Director of Hand Fellowship Program

Carrie Harrison, BS
Research Laboratory Coordinator
Education: 1998 - BS, Clinical Laboratory Science, University of Illinois Springfield

Michelle Randle, MS
Researcher IV
Education: Master’s Degree of Science, University of Illinois – Springfield