David O’Gorman and I direct the HULC Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory. Both of us have arrived to this lab in a circuitous way, as you can read on his bio page.

I was born in Indonesia, but grew up in Holland, where I studied Medicine at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. After Medical school, I traveled to North America and landed at the University of Calgary in the laboratory of Dr. Morley Hollenberg, under whose supervision I obtained a PhD. My work focused on the vascular receptor for Epidermal Growth Factor. After finishing graduate studies, I went on to do a clinical rotating internship in Regina, Saskatchewan and subsequently completed my training as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the University of Western Ontario. After finishing there, I continued in two clinical and research fellowships in Reconstructive Microsurgery and Hand Surgery at the Toronto General Hospital of the University of Toronto, and in Boston at the Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard University. I then returned to do a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Cell Biology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, while also being on staff at the Toronto General Hospital.

In 1998, my family and I moved back to London and we love it here. I have two daughters, Rose and Ailsa, born in 1991 and 1993 and one son, Samuel, born in 1996. My wife Pearl is a family physician. My work at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre includes a clinical practice as a surgeon, where we also teach medical students, residents and fellows. As a scientist in the Advanced Surgical Technologies at Lawson Health Research Institute, I focus on fundamental problems related to my practice of Reconstructive Microsurgery and Hand Surgery. Our lab currently studies several fundamental signaling pathways in wound healing; fibrosing conditions such as Dupuytren’s contracture; and mechanisms of prevention and treatment of surgical infections, including streptococcal invasive infections, and the use of probiotics in surgical implant related infections. We train undergraduate science students in various departments, and graduate students through Physiology and Pharmacology and Medical Biophysics. I believe that doing good research is a challenging activity and that one of the most important things is to have fun at doing it.