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Marjana Tomic-Canic, Ph.D.

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Marjana  Tomic-Canic, Ph.D.


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  • a. Professor of Dermatology
  • b. Vice Chair, Research
  • c. Director, Wound Healing and Regenerative Medicine Research Program
  • d. Graduate faculty, PIBS (MCP and HGG Programs)
  • e. Associate Member, Husman Institute for Human Genomics
  • f. Adjunct, Associate Professor, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY

Clinical Interests

Chronic ulcers (diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers)

Non-melanoma skin cancers in the context of wound healing and chronic wounds

Inflammatory skin diseases

Research Interests

The overall goal of our translational, multi-disciplinary program in wound healing is to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms of tissue repair and regeneration in skin and its pathogenesis, by integrating knowledge at the bench with clinical outcomes at the bedside. Our mission is to develop novel approaches to reduce incidence and accelerate wound healing of chronic wounds. This includes identifying which molecular and cellular mechanisms are utilized during normal, acute wound healing process, identifying what molecular events lead to inhibition of wound healing in chronic (non-healing) wounds and further, developing local sustained gene delivery mechanisms for their treatment. Current research is focused in three main areas:

- molecular and cellular mechanisms of wound healing and its inhibition, including epigenetic and genomic regulation that facilitate developing new therapeutics and wound diagnostics;

- anti-inflammatory processes in cutaneous wound healing (mechanisms by which local and systemic stress and metabolic changes, such as diabetes and obesity, regulate healing

- infection/host response during the wound healing process in skin.



Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Multi-Council Working Group, NIH
National Insitutes of Health Advisory Council, NINR
NIH Director’s Lecturship
Helen & Martin Kimmel Scientific Achievement Award
Research Faculty Award, Dermatology, NYU School of Medicine
Charles C. and Dorothea E. Harris endowed chair
Husik Prize Award, NYU School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology,
Advanced Polymer Systems Research Award from the Dermatology Foundation
Ken Burdick Memorial Award from the Dermatology Foundation
American Association for Cell Biology Award for Graduate Students


1991-1993 Postdoctoral Fellowship
NYU School of Medicine, Departments of Dermatology and Pharmacology
1991 PhD
University of Belgrade joint with NYU School of Medicine
1986 MS
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Belgrade
1985 BS
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Belgrade
1981 RN
School of Nursing, Belgrade



Dr Tomic-Canic is internationally recognized scientist, inventor and leader in a field of skin biology, with particular focus on understanding mechanisms that control tissue repair and regeneration. She has over 25 years of experience and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers in her fields of research.

Dr Tomic-Canic completed her doctoral and postdoctoral training at the NYU School of Medicine and joined the faculty of NYU Departments of Dermatology and Microbiology where she remained until 2005. As a faculty of the Weill Cornell Medical College she directed Tissue Repair Laboratory at the Tissue Engineering, Repair and Regeneration Program at the Hospital for Special Surgery prior to her recruitment to University of Miami in 2008. Dr Tomic-Canic is a Professor of Dermatology and the Director of the Wound healing and Regenerative Medicine Research Program at the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery. In addition, she is Associate Member of the Hussman Genomics Institute and is faculty member of two graduate programs: Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology and Human Genetics and Genomics.

Dr Tomic-Canic was elected to the Advisory Council of the NIH/NINR and was recently appointed to the Big Data To Knowledge (BD2K) Multi-Council Working Group of the NIH. In addition, she is a member of review panels of various funding agencies and scientific journals. She served on Editorial Board of The Journal of Biological Chemistry and is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology She is an active member of several professional societies. She is the President-elect of The Wound Healing Society standing to serve as its President in 2016.

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