Lymphatics/Tissue Engineering – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


Student researchers in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery will have the opportunity to work in an active, unique, and multidisciplinary environment. Areas of research include understanding the mechanisms that govern the development of lymphedema, tissue engineering of lymphatic structures, and the role the lymphatic system regulates pathologic inflammation. Students will have the opportunity to work closely alongside surgical research fellows, medical students and senior research scientists. The roles of the research student will vary depending on research experience and motivation, with advanced students being granted the opportunity for authorship when adequate time and energy are devoted to projects. The goals of this endeavor are to gain insight into the value of basic science research, to hone both basic and clinical skills and understanding, and most importantly to encourage critical thinking and independent thought. Skills that will be taught include in vitro cell culturing, ELISA, Real Time PCR, flow cytometry, histologic staining, and tissue engineering. In vivo work will include microsurgical procedures, tumor resection, live animal imaging, and gene therapy. Finally, students will be responsible for attending conferences sponsored by the Department of Surgery.

Prerequisites Other than Third Year Rotations

Interview with course director.


One module

Students per Module


Elective dates (students applying through VSAS should refer to calendar information there)

A (July 5 - July 29) (Closed to international students)
B (August 1 - August 26) (Closed to international students)
C (August 29 – September 23 (Closed to international students)
J (April 3 - April 28)
K (May 1 - May 26)