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Rob Gourdie, PhD

Rob Gourdie, PhD

Translating Lessons from Skin Wound Healing to Cardiac Anti-Arrhythmia Therapies


September 26, 2011, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Rob Gourdie, PhD

Board of Trustees’ Eminent Scholar, Professor of Regenerative Medicine and of Cell Biology, and Professor of Pediatric Cardiology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina


Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, R1059
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016


A VTCRI shuttle will depart from Burruss Hall in Blacksburg at 3:00 p.m. and return at 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Gourdie’s laboratory focuses on the gap junction protein connexin43 (Cx43). This research program encompasses both basic and translational approaches. In the basic studies, Dr. Gourdie and his team focus on cellular and molecular aspects of the carboxyl terminal domain of Cx43 in regulating signaling in the heart. In more translational and applied research, Dr. Gourdie and colleagues have developed drug discovery strategies using mimetic peptides that target functions of the Cx43 carboxyl terminus. In preclinical studies these peptides have been shown to have efficacy in promoting regenerative healing of skin wounds, reducing scar capsule formation around implants, and inhibiting cardiac scarring/arrhythmias following myocardial infarction. Dr. Gourdie's seminar will cover the dual basic/translational approach to research on Cx43 taken by his lab.

Selected Publications

About the Speaker:

Rob Gourdie's research focuses on the induction of 3-D development of the coronary endothelium and stem cell origins of vasculature, conduction systems, cardiovascular wound healing, and diabetes.

Additional Details

This is a free event. The host is Michael Friedlander, PhD. For more information, please call 540-526-2070, or send an e-mail.

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