Board of Directors

Board of Directors




Lucie Germain PhD (President)

Full Professor, Department of Surgery, Faculty of medicine, Université Laval

Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) on Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering

Director, Centre de recherche en organogénèse expérimentale de l’Université Laval / LOEX Researcher, Division of Regenerative Medicine, CHU de Québec – Université Laval Research Centre


Dr. Lucie Germain pursues a career in regenerative medicine. Her work is dedicated to postnatal epithelial stem cells and the reconstruction of human tissues for experimental and clinical applications. She has received the Léo Pariseau Award of ACFAS (2022) and was introduced in 2023 as a Fellow of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society.

The LOEX team has invented a new method of tissue engineering, the self-assembly approach and applied it to produce a bilayer skin substitute which is very similar to native skin and allows the preservation of stem cells, and a reconstructed human cornea. Dr. Germain current research on skin includes the improvement of tissue-engineered skin substitutes (pigmentation, addition of hair and glands) and the combination of gene therapy with tissue engineering to develop a treatment for epidermolysis bullosa. The funding is from Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Stem Cell Network, the Fonds de recherche du Québec en Santé (ThéCell) and the Fondation des Pompiers du Québec pour les Grands Brûlés (FPQGB).

Her work led to three clinical trials involving engineered-tissues produced in vitro applied to the treatment of venous ulcers, severely burned patients and limbal stem cell deficiency of the cornea.



Andrew Leask, PhD (President-Elect)
College of Dentistry,
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Andrew Leask is a full professor in the Department of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of British Columbia in 1986, and his PhD in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Chicago in 1992. Dr. Leask conducted Postdoctoral studies in Biological Sciences at Stanford University in California.

Dr. Leask is a member of several professional societies including the American Society of Cell Biology and the International CCN Society. He is also on the editorial board of several journals, and a member of several grant review panels. Dr. Leask is also an award recipient, having received the fifth OTS Breathe New Life Award at the Better Breathing 2010 Conference

Research vision: To develop therapies for connective tissue (fibrotic) disease including scleroderma and melanoma. My work has shown that activated adhesive signaling exerted by connective tissue myofibroblasts, operating in part through the CCN family of matricellular proteins, is necessary and sufficient for perpetuating fibrosis. We are currently elucidating the precise role of the CCN family and signaling components both upstream and downstream of CCN action to identify specific reagents that could be used clinically to block fibrosis. We are also interested in exploiting why gingiva do not scar as a way of uncovering insights into scar-less repair.




Anie Philip, PhD. (First President and Founding Member)
Professor, Department of Surgery, McGill University
Director, Plastic Surgery Research, McGill University
Graduate Program Director, Experimental Surgery, McGill University

Dr Anie Philip’s research is centred on understanding the mechanisms underlying the regulation of cellular signaling pathways and their role in diseases such as tissue fibrosis, osteoarthritis, and squamous cell carcinoma. Dr Philip’s team has discovered CD109 as a key inhibitor of the TGF-b signaling pathway, exhibiting strong anti-fibrotic properties in animal models and scleroderma patient cells. Her research on understanding the mechanisms underlying the pathology of skin fibrosis and CD109 function has led to the development of promising anti-fibrotic molecules for which several patents have been issued. Her research in the area of cartilage repair is aimed at understanding how aberrant regulation of TGF-b signaling may contribute to the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis. Dr Philip’s work on squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) has identified membrane anchored CD109 as a strong tumor promoter, as evidenced by work using animal models. Her work in this field is focused on delineating the cellular mechanisms by which CD109 regulates SCC tumor growth. Dr Philip’s research is supported by CIHR Project grants, a CIHR Network grant, NSERC Discovery and Alliance grants, and FQRNT grants.

Dr Philip is a founding member of SRGC and has served as its first president. She currently serves as an Associate Director and Executive Committee member of Skin Investigation Network of Canada (SkIN Canada) and as Co-Chair of its Training Committee. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Wound Healing Society, as the Chair of its Awards Committee and as a Co-Chair of its Annual Conference. She currently serves on its Scientific Program Committee.  She also serves on the editorial boards of several journals including Wound Repair and Regeneration, Advances in Wound Repair, Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling, and Frontiers in Medicine Dermatology.



 Litvinov.jpg Ivan V. Litvinov, MD, PhD, FRCPC (Past President)
Assistant Professor, Co-Director of Research Division of Dermatology
FRQS, Chercheur Boursier
McGill University Health Centre

 Dr. Litvinov is the Director/Chair of the Division of Dermatology of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of McGill University. He earned his Ph.D. degree in cellular and molecular medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and his medical degree at McGill, completing dermatology residency training at McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). 

During 2019-2021, Dr Litvinov served as regional director (Quebec) of the Canadian Dermatology Association. Currently, he serves as a board member of the International Society for Cutaneous Lymphomas. He is actively involved in the literature, serving as an associate editor of Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery (JCMS) and Frontiers in Medicine and as a deputy editor of JCMS Case Reports.

He is active in cutaneous research, particularly studying cutaneous lymphomas, keratinocyte carcinomas, and melanoma, and his research is supported by various grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Dr Litvinov directs a translational research laboratory within the cancer research program of the MUHC-Research Institute and a hematology-dermatology multidisciplinary clinic at the Glen Site of the MUHC. He also directs a skin cancer diagnosis and treatment clinic for solid organ transplant recipients, and he oversees Projet Soleil UV/SunFit Project. In 2020, Dr Litvinov received the Early Career Award in Cancer from CIHR and the 2019 President Cup Award for his contributions to dermatology and research.



Julie Fradette, PhD (Secretary)
Full Professor, Dept. of Surgery
Researcher, Centre de recherche en organogénèse expérimentale de l’Université Laval / LOEX.
Division of Regenerative Medicine, CHU de Québec Research Centre-Université Laval.


Dr. Fradette (PhD) is a Full Professor at Université Laval, and a researcher at the Centre LOEX a research center of the CHU de Québec-Université Laval since 2005. Her research activities focus on adipose-derived stem/stromal cells (ASCs) and their use in regenerative medicine. Her expertise encompasses tissue engineering of skin and various connective tissues including human adipose tissue. During her graduate studies, she studied skin epithelial stem cells for improvement of skin substitutes. Her postdoctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh established that ASCs and adipose tissue can be used for gene delivery. Her research program is now focused on how human mesenchymal cell’s potential can be harnessed for tissue reconstruction using cell-based, scaffold-free strategies. Current studies performed in her laboratory aim at promoting the vascularisation of thick reconstructed tissues produced under xenogenicfree culture conditions for clinical applications, as well as the production of a trilayer reconstructed skin featuring a hypodermis. In addition, ongoing preclinical studies are assessing the efficacy of tissue-engineered biological dressings (made of ASCs or adipocytes) to accelerate the healing of hard-to-heal skin wounds (diabetic and irradiated tissues). She was the Director of the ThéCell network for cell, tissue and gene therapies for the province of Québec, from 2015 to 2022.




Robert Gniadecki, MD, PhD, DMSci, FCDA (Treasurer)
Professor, University of Alberta
Director, Division of Dermatology
Section Chief, Dermatology, AHS Edmonton Zone


Dr. Robert Gniadecki received his MD degree from Warsaw Medical School (Poland) in 1991 and three years later he obtained his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Health Sciences at Copenhagen University (Denmark) and became a specialist in dermatology in 2001 (certified in Denmark and Canada). In 2010 he was appointed as a full clinical professor at the University of Copenhagen and in 2015 at the University of Alberta, Canada. Dr. Gniadecki has served as a president of the Danish Dermatological Society, treasurer of the Canadian Dermatology Foundation and board members of the ESDR (European Society of Dermatological Research) and ISCL (International Society of Cutaneous Lymphomas). He is a member of several editorial boards including the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, Dermatology, and Frontiers in Medicine. Dr. Gniadecki published >200 peer-reviewed papers. Among major clinical and scientific accomplishments are: development of the low-dose protocol of total skin irradiation for patients with cutaneous lymphomas, the discovery of lymphoma stem cells and introduction of photophoresis and Mohs surgery to dermatology in Denmark. His current scientific activities focus on genomics the experimental therapeutics of cutaneous lymphoma and autoimmune skin diseases and the clinical aspects of the biological treatment of psoriasis.





Dieter P. Reinhardt, PhD 
Professor, Dept of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Canada Research Chair in Cell Matrix Biology
McGill University


Dr. Reinhardt is cross-appointed at McGill University in the Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences. His laboratory is interested how cells form and maintain extracellular matrices, and how these matrices in turn regulate cell behavior as it relates to human disease. 




Jeff Biernaskie, PhD (Regional Director - Prairies)
Associate Professor, Stem Cell Biology and Tissue Regeneration
Dept of Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine; Dept of Surgery
Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary


Dr. Biernaskie is a Professor in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Surgery at the University of Calgary . He is a member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and he holds the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society Chair in Skin Regeneration and Wound Healing. 


His research program is focused on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that promote fibrotic versus regenerative healing with the goal of developing treatments to restore organ function following injury or disease. His group is also interested in how skin and brain stem/progenitor cells are regulated during homeostasis and how factors like injury, advanced aging and the immune system impact their function.




Veronique Moulin, PhD (Director of Educational Programs)
Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval

Dr. Moulin is professor at Université Laval, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery but also a researcher at the LOEX Center at Université Laval and at the Research Center of the CHU de Quebec. Her work focuses on the normal and pathological mechanisms of the skin healing. To perform this, she uses different cell culture models reconstituted by tissue engineering to reproduce in vitro fibrotic skin diseases (hypertrophic scars, scleroderma). At the same time, she uses the tissue engineering method to reconstruct cutaneous substitutes to treat skin deficient patients, after burns, for example.

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Joshua Vorstenbosch, MD PhD FRCSC
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Assistant Professor of Surgery
McGill University
Royal Victoria Hospital


Dr. Joshua Vorstenbosch, MD PhD FRSCS is an attending plastic surgeon at the McGill University Health Centre, an Assistant Professor of Surgery at McGill University, and a Junior Scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. Dr. Vorstenbosch earned both his medical degree and PhD at McGill University, where he studied under the supervision of Dr. Anie Philip. He also completed a fellowship in microvascular oncologic reconstruction at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Dr. Vorstenbosch’s research lab focuses on the healing response following implantation of biomaterials. Using human capsular tissue surrounding breast implants as a model, he studies the cellular and molecular singling at the tissue-implant interface. His lab is investigating what differentiates normal tissue tolerance to an implant from the development of chronic inflammation, which often leads to pathologic fibrosis or in rare cases, cancer.

In his clinical practice, Dr. Vorstenbosch performs complex oncologic reconstructive surgery, primarily following breast cancer. He offers a full breadth of reconstructive options ranging from using a patient’s own tissue to using implants. Dr. Vorstenbosch is also leading the development of a surgical lymphedema program at the MUHC to provide surgical treatment to patients affected by lymphedema.

Past Board Members:


Stéphane Roy, PhD
Full Professor, Dept. of Stomatology, Faculty of Dentistry
Accredited professor, Dept. of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine
University of Montreal

Dr. Roy is a full professor in the Dept. of Stomatology, Faculty of Dentistry and an Accredited professor in the Dept. of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal. He is also the Director of the Laboratory for Research on tissue regeneration in vertebrates, Affiliated research center researcher at the Hospital of the Sacred Heart, And a Member of the Ethics Committee of the University of Montreal. Fields of interest: Study the molecular and cellular basis regulating epimorphic regeneration and scarless wound healing in vertebrates. We are interested in the role played by the TGF-beta signaling pathway as it is important for wound healing in every vertebrate and we have shown it to be essential for tissue regeneration in axolotls (Mexican salamander).


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Boluwaji Ogunyemi, MD, FRCPC
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (Dermatology)
Memorial University of Newfoundland



Dr Ogunyemi is an Attending Staff at the Health Sciences Centre, Janeway Children’s Health Centre, and St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital in St. John’s, Newfoundland where he is active in teaching and supervising Memorial University medical students and residents.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Western University followed by a Graduate Diploma in clinical epidemiology and Doctor of Medicine from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He then went on to complete dermatology residency at the University of British Columbia where he was honored as chief resident and the first Royal College of Physician and Surgeons Convocation Speaker in the specialty of dermatology. He is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Medical Teaching at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr Ogunyemi’s research interests include medical education, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis epidemiology, occupational dermatology and history of medicine. Dr Ogunyemi has received over three dozen awards for leadership, academics, research, writing, advocacy & community service from the National Institutes of Health, Canadian Dermatology Association, American Academy of Dermatology, Canadian Dermatology Foundation, Canadian Rheumatology Association, and the Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada. Major recent awards and distinctions include the Harry Jerome Award in Health Sciences, Western University Young Alumni Award, and the Memorial University Alumni Tribute Award.




Aziz Ghahary, PhD (Regional Director - British Columbia)
Retd. Professor,
Director of BC Professional Firefighters' Burn and Wound Healing Research Group
Department of Surgery/ Plastic Surgery


Dr. Aziz Ghahary received his Ph.D in Medical Physiology from the University of Manitoba in 1988 and after 2 years as post - doctoral training, he accepted an assistant professorship position in the Department of Surgery at the University of Alberta in 1990. He was then promoted to associate and full professor in 1996 and 2003, respectively. In 2005, he was then, recruited by the Department of Surgery/ Plastic Surgery as a full professor and the director of the BC professional Firefighters’ Burn and Wound Healing Research Group. During the last 12 years, 14 Ph.D. and 5 master students have been successfully graduated from his lab.

Funding and publications: Dr. Ghahary has been awarded more than 52 research grants from local, national and international granting agencies. He is one of the well-funded investigators in UBC. He has published or co-published over 185 peer reviewed articles, presented over 220 abstracts and major presentations at national and international conferences.

Discovery and Patents: Dr. Ghahary has 7 patents from which one is related to a protein called stratifin also known as 14-3-3 sigma. He then found a very high level of eta isoform of 14-3-3 protein in sera of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. This biomarker has now been patented and licensed to the biggest diagnostic company in US and Canada, Quest Diagnostic and Lifelab, respectively. The early RA diagnostic test called JOINTstat, is now available in Canada and US. This has been approved for diagnosis in Europe, Australia, Japan and New Zealand.