Director:

Benjamin Levi M.D. 

Dr. Levi completed his undergraduate education at Washington University, medical school at Northwestern University and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency at the University of Michigan.  During this time he completed a 2 year post-doctoral research fellowship at Stanford University.  He recently completed a fellowship in Burn Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Benjamin has been involved in Burn research since High School when given the opportunity to work in the Burn Laboratory of Richard Gamelli MD and Luisa DiPietro DDS, PhD. Subsequently, and for three consecutive summers, he worked in the Burn and Shock Trauma laboratory of Dr. Gamelli and Dr. Luisa DiPietro with a focus on wound healing and inflammation. Inspired by this experience, he remained active in research throughout medical school and residency and he dedicated two years of additional training to do a basic science research fellowship in stem cell biology and bone tissue engineering at Stanford University under Dr. Michael Longaker.  During this time, he focused on basic stem cell biology, mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) osteogenesis, and bone tissue engineering. Since returning to the University of Michigan, Dr. Levi has developed the Burn/Wound and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory with the guidance of Dr. Stewart Wang. This lab has focused on the significant clinical problem of heterotopic ossification.  Specifically, Dr. Levi has developed new animal models to study this complex process and is working to improve early diagnostic and treatment modalities. 


Senior Staff:

Shuli Li, M.D. PhD




Residents and Collaborating Physicians:

Shailesh Agarwal M.D.



Kavitha Ranganathan M.D. 

Kavitha received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and subsequently matriculated in to the institution’s medical school.  She earned her medical degree in 2011 and was accepted into the Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program at the University of Michigan.  Although her initial interests focused on clinical research in Plastic Surgery, she subsequently realized the impact that basic science research offers and began working under the mentorship of Dr. Benjamin Levi to examine various aspects of heterotopic ossification, craniofacial bone healing, and use of adipose-derived stem cells in burn injury.  Kavitha will continue to cultivate her skills as a surgeon-scientist by joining the lab under the mentorship of Dr. Levi for dedicated research time during residency to pursue these goals. 




Michael Sorkin M.D. 









Hsiao Hsin Sung, DDS, MS














 
Lab Staff and Students:


Shawn Loder B.S.

Shawn Loder received his undergraduate degree in biology from Dartmouth College before coming to medical school at the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate Shawn was involved in projects in the fields of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Upon coming to Michigan, Shawn was initially involved in research into aging and metabolism through the Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology before joining the Levi Lab.  As part of the lab he is pursuing a number of projects dedicated to studying the role of skin, fat,  and composite tissue transplantation in wound healing. He is also involved in research into the contribution of the lymphatic system to allograft survival.




   
Cameron Brownley 

Cameron Brownley received his undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Michigan in the spring of 2014. Having a strong interest in immunopathology, Cameron is concerned with better defining key inflammatory factors and their subsequent effects linked to osteogenic differentiation in burn and trauma patients. Cameron will spend the next year to further pursue his research interests within the Burn Wound and Regenerative Medicine lab. 







Jonathan Peterson B.S.










Jeffrey Lisiecki Sc.B

Jeffrey Lisiecki received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in Applied Mathematics and Biology before coming to medical school at the University of Michigan.  His undergraduate research focused on mathematical modeling of cancer gene networks, PET tracer uptake, and fluctuations in insulin secretion.  In his first year of medical school, he began research in the field of analytic morphomics studying both anatomical variations and clinical outcomes in a variety of patient populations.  His basic science research has explored the role of adipose-derived stem cells in vasculogenesis and the effects of immobility and nerve injury in the pathogenesis of heterotopic ossification.






Cameron Brownley plans on receiving his undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Michigan in the spring of 2014. Having a strong interest in immunopathology, Cameron is concerned with better defining key inflammatory factors and their subsequent effects linked to osteogenic differentiation in burn and trauma patients. Specifically… ???
Cameron will spend the next year to further pursue his research interests within the Burn Wound and Regenerative Medicine lab.Cameron Brownley plans on receiving his undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Michigan in the spring of 2014. Having a strong interest in immunopathology, Cameron is concerned with better defining key inflammatory factors and their subsequent effects linked to osteogenic differentiation in burn and trauma patients. Cameron will spend the next year to further pursue his research interests within the Burn Wound and Regenerative Medicine lab


Jacob Rinkinen B.S.










John Li 















Casey Kraft B.S.

Casey Kraft received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in Science Pre-professional Studies and the Glynn family honors program before coming to medical school at the University of Michigan. His undergraduate research was in organic chemistry related to photochemical behavior of organic compounds. Casey has been involved with research in the plastic surgery department since his first year of medical school, and joined the Levi lab in the fall of 2014. His primary focus of investigation is related to the immune system and its role in ectopic bone formation and heterotopic ossification. Casey plans to apply for plastic surgery residency in the 2015-2016 application cycle.





Joshua Peterson B.S. B.A.

Joshua Peterson received his undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and Spanish from Idaho State Univeristy, where his undergraduate research focused on synthesis and characterization of novel organic solar cell dyes. Upon beginning medical school at the University of Michigan he joined the Levi Laboratory heterotopic ossification research team. He currently explores the contribution of vasculogenic factors and control signals to the pathogenesis of burn induced heterotopic ossification.







Charles Hwang, B.S.

Chuck Hwang received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University, and taught high school sciences for a few years prior to pursuing medicine at the University of Michigan. His basic science research at the Levi Laboratory has explored morphomic analytics along with effects of burns and burn manipulation. His future projects include the study of pathways and biomarkers for the pathogenesis of heterotopic ossification.








David Fine

David Fine is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan. He will be graduating in the Winter of 2015 with a major in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and a minor in Global Media Studies. His area of interest includes ossification, angiogenesis, and the nervous system in the wound healing process. He aims to continue this research post-graduation as he advances his education in the health field.