Dr. Alan Widgerow M.D MBBCh, FCS, MMed, FAC, Director of Center for Tissue Engineering
Dr. Alan Widgerow is a Plastic Surgeon involved in full time Research and device innovations following a 20 year successful career in private practice in South Africa. He has held various positions in numerous academic and professional associations including President of the Association of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa and is author of over 130 plastic surgical related publications and 2 books. He is currently Full Adjunct Professor on the Faculty of Plastic Surgery and Director of the Laboratory for Tissue Engineering at UCI. He is actively involved in medical device innovations, tissue engineering and wound healing. He is also Chief Medical Officer for Alastin SkinCare Inc, a start-up company based in Carlsbad, CA, where he is lead in R&D of new product development and lecturing physicians on the science related to the Alastin product range. He has developed and licensed multiple products (Scar Science; Scar Recovery Gel, Burnshield Advance; ComfiFlow; Cryofinesse) to the US and South African medical and cosmeceutical markets, and is consultant to various other companies Internationally and start-ups in the US.
Dr. Gregory Evans is Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering and Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at The University of California, Irvine. Dr. Evans is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is the former director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and immediate past President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Evans has over 344 publications and is a recipient of many grants in the field of plastic surgery.
Dr. Lohrasb Ross Sayadi
Dr. Sayadi recently graduated from medical school at UVM college of Medicine in Vermont. He attended UC San Diego for undergraduate and majored in Neuroscience. He is currently a Research Fellow here at the CTE lab and will be pursing a residency in Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Sayadi is currently leading a team studying micro/nanobubbles and its effects in wound healing. In addition, he is also working on studying PRP for the purposes of scar treatment.
Dr. Sayadi is also developing a new technology he invented for plastic surgery. He loves drawing and panting as well as running when he has free time! Finally, Dr. Sayadi received a scholarship from Dr. Sumner Slavin at Beth Israel to attend the ISAPS plastic surgery conference.
Dr. Banyard received a B.A in Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia before completing a combined M.D/M.B.A. degree from Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management in Nashville, TN. He completed two post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in head & neck tumor immunology and vascular biology as well as two years of general surgery training before joining the Center for Tissue Engineering. Dr. Banyard’s primary research interests are in fat grafting, adipose-derived stem cells and stromal vascular fraction. He currently leads a team that is working to elucidate the role that mechanical stress plays on the induction of stem/progenitor cells found in adipose tissue. His other interests include human decellularized adipose tissue extracellular matrix, burn wound conversion, and medical device innovation. Since joining the lab, Dr. Banyard has co-authored 3 patent applications and over 60 manuscripts, abstract and presentations. He is a previous clinical fellow of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and was recently awarded the National Endowment for Plastic Surgery Grant from the Plastic Surgery Foundation.