I joined the Baird institute 6 months ago as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time thus far. The knowledgeable team and access to rare and precious samples, as well as the high-end technology available at my disposal has enabled me to really thrive. Projects are really progressing at a remarkable rate and big publications are on the horizon.
One exciting project I am currently working on is the synthesis and implantation of an aorta replacement graft. For this work we are currently in the designing and engineering phase for a biodegradable graft that would encourage the patient’s own body to regrow new aorta tissue. The idea behind this is to replace damaged blood vessels, such as the aorta, with our graft so the body can heal itself by replacing the graft with new tissue, thus leaving nothing synthetic behind. This is a large project which will span multiple years but if successful will be on the cutting edge of vessel replacements and aorta research.
All of this work would not be even remotely possible without the kind and generous gifts of our donors, to which we are eternally grateful.
Robert’s 3-year fellowship has been generously funded by the Bird Family. Rob Bird died of an Aortic Dissection in 20?? and his family have made a commitment to funding aortic disease research at The Baird Institute. As a result, we have named the aortic research program after Rob Bird.