Michael Raghunath is an internationally-distinguished clinician-scientist in the field of matrix biology (pathobiochemistry of collagens and elastic microfibrils) and skin biology (wound repair, cornification disorders). He has a strong background in academic, clinical, and industry research, with a record of basic and translational research spanning more than 25 years. In developing macromolecular crowding as a principle in cell biology, he has created a novel field in tissue engineering that specialises in building cell-specific and lineage-directing microenvironments.
Prof Raghunath joined the National University of Singapore (NUS) in August 2003, receiving a joint position as Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering) and Biochemistry (Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine). At NUS, he founded the Tissue Modulation Laboratory (TML) and has acted as its principal investigator and research director ever since. From 2005 to 2009 he was Deputy Head of Research (Bioengineering) and from 2005 to 2008 Chair of the Graduate Programme in Bioengineering in the NUS Graduate School of Integrative Sciences & Engineering. He is also a joint PI with the Institute for Medical Biology (IMB), A*STAR.
Prof Raghunath trained in immunology (1988-1990; University of Heidelberg, Germany), and matrix biology and wound healing (1990-1995; postdoctoral fellow, University of Zürich, Switzerland). His independent career started 1995 with a professorial qualification grant of the German National Science Foundation (DFG) at the University of Münster, where he completed his Habilitation in 1996 with work on elastic microfibrils of connective tissue. He was appointed private docent (lecturer) in Physiological Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry at the University of Münster in 1997. After clinical training in dermatology from 1997-2000 in Münster, he joined Dr Suwelack Skin & Health Care AG, one of the biggest manufacturers of freeze-dried collagen matrices, as director of research and development. There he formed an R&D team that would successfully position the company in the biotechnology sector for medical devices in the woundcare market. In 2002, Prof Raghunath returned to the Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Münster, to continue with research on skin biology.
Prof Raghunath has been invited to speak at prestigious international events on numerous occasions, including the Gordon Research Conferences on Elastin and Elastic Fibres (1997), the Autumn Meeting of the British Connective Tissue Society (1997), the 5th International Symposium on the Marfan Syndrome (1998), the Launchsymposium of the Swiss Tissue Repair Society (1999), and the 10th International Congress of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry (2000). He also co-chaired the 4th International Symposium on the Marfan Syndrome (1996), ICBME (2005 and 2008), TERMIS-AP (2011), as well as individual symposia in various TERMIS meetings.
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