About the Lab

Our laboratories are interested in the molecular, cellular and physiological changes that characterize the human response to injury. In the central nervous system (CNS), we study the blood brain barrier, cerebrospinal fluid and the contribution of microglia to inflammation in the brain. In peripheral tissues, we study the parasympathetic control of neuroinflammation and how the vagus nerve can regulate the response to burn, hemorrhage and cutaneous injury. Our research focuses on the function of sentinel genes that control set points of homeostasis and specifically, taxonomically restricted genes that differentiate the human response to injury from that of other species.

Andrew Baird Andrew Baird, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair Research (Surgery)

Photo of Raul CoimbraRaul Coimbra, PhD, MD
Professor, Division Chief and Executive Vice Chair Dept​ of ​Surgery

Photo of Todd CostantiniTodd Costantini, MD
Assistant Professor

Photo of Brian EliceiriBrian Eliceiri, PhD