Welcome to the Garza Laboratory!
We are fascinated by questions of developmental biology, such as how a single cell has the instructions to build an entire organism. How these embryonic developmental patterns are reinitiated in adults is a central question for regenerative medicine– and might eventually lead to insights on how to trigger the regrowth of a severed human limb, for example.
Our model system is the skin. To answer basic questions regarding stem cell biology and regeneration, we choose the skin because of its accessibility, the depth of current knowledge, and the complexity of epithelial/mesenchymal interactions in the context of relevant vasculature, nerves and hematopoietic cells.
#TomorrowsDiscoveries: Healing by Regeneration | Luis Garza, M.D., Ph.D.
Dermatologist Luis Garza is working to reactivate the codes that allowed our cells to build our organs. Harnessing this code as adults could change typical healing from scarring to regeneration.
Luis Garza, MD-PhD
Professor & Daniel Nathans Scholar
Department of Dermatology
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Office: Suite 204 Koch CRBII
Lab: Suite 216 Koch CRBII
1550 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD 21231