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!


January - March 2019

  • New Publication: Pakshir, P., Alizadehgiashi, M., Wong, B., Coelho, N.M., Chen, X., Gong, Z., Shenoy, V.B., McCulloch, C., and Hinz, B. (2019): Dynamic fibroblast contractions attract remote macrophages in fibrillar collagen matrix. Nature Communications
  • New Publication: Lodyga, M.*, Cambridge, E.* (*co-first author), Karvonen, H., Pakshir, P., Wu, B., Boo, S., Kiebalo, M., Kaarteenaho, R., Glogauer, M., Kapoor, M., Ask, K., and Hinz, B. (2019): Cadherin-11–mediated adhesion of macrophages to myofibroblasts establishes a profibrotic niche of active TGF-β. Science Signalling. Check the cover page and cover story by clicking here.
  • Also check the News releases issued by the Faculty of Dentistry and the University of Toronto
  • New Publication: Hinz, B., McCulloch, C.A., and Coelho, N.M. (2019): Mechanical regulation of myofibroblast phenoconversion and collagen contraction. Experimental Cell Research (e-pub ahead of print)
  • New Publication: Schleip, R., Gabbiani, G., Wilke, J., Naylor, I., Hinz B., Lehmann-Horn, F., Zorn, A, Jäger, H., Schreiner, S., and Klingler, W., (2019): Fascia is able to actively contract and thereby influence musculoskeletal dynamics: a histochemical and mechanographic investigation. Frontiers in Physiology - Clinical and Translational Physiology (e-pub ahead of print)


  • Welcome to Gilbert Pecoraro from the University of Reutlingen! Gilbert will perform a Bachelor project for a period of 5 months.
  • Boris finally found a solution to handle the traffic (see picture); get a number! Thanks, guys - best Christmas present ever!
  • Congratulations to Kyu Kim and Trong Shen for successfully defending their Master theses!
  • Congratulations to Pardis Pakshir and Ronen Schuster! The Hinz lab has been awarded with two post-doctoral fellowships through the Mitacs Accelerate program, amounting to a total of $165,000. Pardis will work on a 1-year project with Interface Biologics Inc., and Ronen who will be performing a 2-year project with Phenomic AI. See also the Dentistry Newsflash and click here.
  • We bid farewell to Mariëlle Walraven, who returning to the Netherlands in February, wishing her all the very best as she settles back, we will miss you greatly!
  • CAMiLoD is opening its doors to welcome microscopists from all over town. CAMiLoD are the Collaborative Advanced Microscopy Laboratories of Dentistry directed by Boris. CAMiLoD houses state-of-the-art imaging equipment, including high-speed high-resolution confocal microscopy, TIRF, life science atomic force microscopy, and more. Interested to use our services? Click here.
  • Congratulations to the first successful participants in the 1st AFM workshop organized by CAMiLoD. Enjoy poking cells and tissues at the nano-level.
  • Welcome to Joao Pedro Bronze de Firmino! Joao comes from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and joins the Hinz lab as Post-Doc. Joao is imaging analysis specialist and will support the CAMiLoD endeavor!