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Charles Gersbach, assistant professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Charles Gersbach joined Duke as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering on August 1, 2009. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Tech and Emory University. His doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Professor Andres Garcia applied genetic repogramming to regulate the transdifferentiation of skeletal muscle cells into bone cells for skeletal regeneration. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2006, he went to The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. for postdoctoral research with Dr. Carlos Barbas on synthetic zinc finger proteins and genome editing. He plans to combine these research areas and examine genome editing to correct genetic disorders as well as apply genetic reprogramming and synthetic gene circuits to tissue regeneration. He has extensive teaching experience and will offer an elective in Spring 2010.