Take a number 2Lab News

Keep up with what's happening in the lab! Here we highlight any significant events that have been going on from conferences, to publications, to new staff!


April - June 2018

  • New publication: Asmani, M., Velumani, S., Li, Y., Wawrzyniak, N., Hsia, I., Chen, Z., Hinz, B., and Zhao, R. (2018): Fibrotic microtissue array to predict anti-fibrosis drug efficacy. Nature Communications

18 06 LTRR Moves

  • LTRR on the move: We said goodbye to good old Fitzgerald Building and moved to 124 Edward street into brand new research and office space. Thanks to the lab members for all your help and efforts before, during, and after the move. No major catastrophes happened, all our equipment seems to be functional and the lab is up and running again.
  • Cheers: Too bad that we could not move our paper celebration champagne bottles - not compatible with level 2 biosafety.Outside bottles - mini
  • Congratulations to Marielle Walraven who was selected to present her work with a talk at the Meeting of the Skin Research Group, June 22-24, Montreal, QC, Canada.
  • Congratulations to Henna Karvonen and Monika Lodyga for winning the first Prize in the poster competition of the Canadian Connective Tissue Conference, Toronto, May 23-25, 2018 for their collaborative work.
  • Conference contributions: Members of LTRR contributed a total of 6 posters and 7 selected oral presentations to the following meetings:
    • Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering Annual Research Conference, May 29, Toronto, ON, Canada
    • Canadian Connective Tissue Conference, May 23-25, Toronto, ON
    • Joint Meeting of the Wound Healing Society (WHS), European Tissue Repair Society (ETRS) and the Society for Advanced Wound Care (SAWC), April 25-29, Charlotte, NC, USA
    • Landscape of Translational Medicine Course, C-COMEND, EU training, Bayer, April 16-20, 2018, Berlin, Germany
  • Boris was ETRS program chair of the joint meeting of the Wound Healing Society (WHS), the European Tissue Repair Society (ETRS) and the Societies of Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) in Charlotte, NC, April 25-25, 2018
  • The Symposium registered 120 attendees and featured a panel of world-leading experts, studying the mechanisms of fibrosis and tissue repair in different organs: Jeremy Duffield (lung and kidney), Neil Henderson (liver), Christina Philippeos (skin), Yuval Rinkevich (development), Fabio Rossi (Heart and skeletal muscle), and Robert Schwabe (liver and cancer stroma). Our keynote speaker, Giulio Gabbiani, founded this field of health research in the 1970’s by discovering activated fibroblasts –myofibroblasts– in skin wound tissue. Thankd to our session chairs Julie Fradette, Andras Kapus, and Michael Czubryt!


  • The symposium was organized with sponsor support from the University of Toronto and Toronto Health Initiatives: The Global Fibrosis Network, Medicine by Design, Bluerock Therapeutics, the Faculty of Dentistry, the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, and the Canadian Connective Tissue Society, that held its annual meeting back-to-back. Thanks to all the supporters!!sponsors


  • Welcome to Deboki Naskar, who joined the lab as a post-doc, starting July 15, 2018. Deboki comes with a PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India in Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, and Biomedical engineering. .
  • Welcome back Michelle Im! With a few more courses under her belt and a glowing GPA, Michelle will continue her project on cancer cell education. 
  • Welcome Amanda Goodwin! Amanda comes from Gisli Jenkins’ Lab at the University of Nottingham to work on a lung fibrosis project from End-May to November. Smart move picking the Summer to visit.
  • Welcome and congratulations to Po-Han (Paul) Wu for receiving CIHR IMHA funding to perform a Summer Undergraduate Research Project in our lab (May-August). 
  • Welcome to our summer volunteer Melanie Kiebalo who joins us from May-July. Melanie is a 2nd year undergrad student majoring in Human Biology and Psychology.