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Fostering Cohesive Interactions

for those working on extracellular matrix biology

Our Research

Fostering cohesive interactions among scientists to facilitate collaborations and promote excellence in matrix research .

Members

We are an interdepartmental group of basic and clinical scientists, whose research involves different aspects of biology of the extracellular matrices.

Publications

Explore the wealth of knowledge and discovery through our publications, as well as the interdisciplinary environment we work in.

Our Mission

The Vanderbilt Center for Matrix Biology, associated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is an interdepartmental group of basic and clinical scientists, whose research involves different aspects of biology of the extracellular matrices. The Center currently includes numerous members from different departments with research interests comprising such areas as angiogenesis, biomaterials, tumor microenvironment, wound repair, diabetic complications, fibrosis, and tissue regeneration.

The mission of the Center is to foster cohesive interactions among scientists to facilitate collaborations and promote excellence in matrix research.

Furthermore, Vanderbilt Center for Matrix Biology aims to support and develop a model science education pipeline with Aspirnaut™, a K-20 STEM Pipeline for Diversity. The goal is to elevate STEM achievement in students from disadvantaged backgrounds as a means to increase the number and diversity of students entering the STEM workforce.

Billy Hudson, Ph.D. - Director

Ambra Pozzi, Ph.D. - Assistant Director



Research Areas

Migration, growth, and differentiation of endothelial cells.

9 members

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as·pir·naut = one who aspires, seeks and achieves

49 members

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Thin, fibrous, extracellular matrix of tissues.

6 members

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Concepts fundamental to the study of medicine.

31 members

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An approach to understand the chemical and physicochemical processes that occur within living organisms.

7 members

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The synthetic or natural material suitable for use in constructing artificial organs and prostheses or to replace bone or tissue.

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Structure, function, and mechanical mechanism related to bone matrix biology.

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The study of a disease in which a group of abnormal cells grow uncontrollably by disregarding the normal rules of cell division.

7 members

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The science of using biological data to develop various biological systems.

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Diabetes - a metabolic disease in which the body’s inability to produce any or enough insulin causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood.

8 members

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Drug discovery is the process by which new candidate medications are discovered.

10 members

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An approach to understanding biology through the development and diversification of earlier forms

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Excessive fibrous connective tissue in an organ or tissue in a reparative or reactive process.

20 members

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Biology related to the immune system and the consequences once disordered.

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Molecular structure of biological macromolecules.

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Renewal, regeneration and growth that allow resilient to natural changes.

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Cellular environment in which the tumor exists.

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The post-trauma repair process.

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Special Event

ASMB 2017 Conference

Publications

Source: CMB faculty-derived publications, via Labnodes
ALT Aspirnaut Program

The Aspirnaut Program

as·pir·naut = one who aspires, seeks and achieves

Founded in 2006 by two Vanderbilt faculty members, the program was launched as an online-learning-on-the-bus initiative in rural, Arkansas in 2006. Since the first pilot on rural school bus routes where students completed online curriculum, Aspirnaut™ has evolved to a K-20 STEM pipeline program for diversity that partners the experiential and content expertise of Vanderbilt University Medical Center with rural K-12 schools and diverse high school, undergraduate and graduate students.

 

http://www.aspirnaut.org/