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SUSAN W. VOLK, Ph.D., V.M.D., B.A.
Assistant Professor, Small Animal Surgery, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA

Faculty, Bioengineering Graduate Group

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Clinical Specialties: Soft-Tissue Surgery,
Research Areas: Wound repair and regeneration Extracellular Matrix Scar formation and fibrosis Regenerative medicine Cell-based therapies Tumor microenvironment
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Contact Information:
Section of Surgery
Department of Clinical Studies - Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
312 Hill Pavilion
380 S. University Ave
 Phone 215-898-0635
 Fax 215-573-6050
 Email swvolk@vet.upenn.edu

As a board-certified veterinary surgeon, I see clinical surgical appointments, perform surgery at the Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and teach small animal surgery to veterinary students. My clinical interest focuses on cutaneous wounds and reconstruction with specific expertise in regenerative medicical therapies. I have a specific interest in cell-based therapies and hope that my research focus in this field will lead to the development of novel approaches to improve healing of various organs/tissues in my veterinary patients as well as humans.

The goals of the Volk laboratory are to understand regulatory mechanisms governing dynamic interactions between cells and their surrounding extracellular matrix in the wound healing-fibrosis-cancer progression triad and to apply this knowledge to develop innovative regenerative and oncologic therapies for veterinary and human patients.

Rak Gregory D, Osborne Lisa C, Siracusa Mark C, Kim Brian S, Wang Kelvin, Bayat Ardeshir, Artis David, Volk Susan W IL-33-Dependent Group 2 Innate Lymphoid Cells Promote Cutaneous Wound Healing. The Journal of investigative dermatology 136: 487-96, 2016.

Han Ziying, Bart Stephen M, Ruthel Gordon, Vande Burgt Nathan H, Haines Kathleen M, Volk Susan W, Vite Charles H, Freedman Bruce D, Bates Paul, Harty Ronald N Ebola virus mediated infectivity is restricted in canine and feline cells. Veterinary microbiology 182: 102-7, 2016.

Shen Yu-I, Song Hyun-Ho G, Papa Arianne E, Burke Jacqueline A, Volk Susan W, Gerecht Sharon Acellular Hydrogels for Regenerative Burn Wound Healing: Translation from a Porcine Model. The Journal of investigative dermatology 135: 2519-29, 2015.

Glennie Nelson D, Yeramilli Venkata A, Beiting Daniel P, Volk Susan W, Weaver Casey T, Scott Phillip Skin-resident memory CD4+ T cells enhance protection against Leishmania major infection. The Journal of experimental medicine 212: 1405-14, 2015.

Brisson Becky K, Mauldin Elizabeth A, Lei Weiwei, Vogel Laurie K, Power Ashley M, Lo Albert, Dopkin Derek, Khanna Chand, Wells Rebecca G, Puré Ellen, Volk Susan W Type III Collagen Directs Stromal Organization and Limits Metastasis in a Murine Model of Breast Cancer. The American journal of pathology 185: 1471-86, 2015.

Miedel Emily L, Brisson Becky K, Hamilton Todd, Gleason Hadley, Swain Gary P, Lopas Luke, Dopkin Derek, Perosky Joseph E, Kozloff Kenneth M, Hankenson Kurt D, Volk Susan W Type III collagen modulates fracture callus bone formation and early remodeling. Journal of orthopaedic research : official publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society 33: 675-84, 2015.

Sebastian Anil, Iqbal Syed A, Colthurst James, Volk Susan W, Bayat Ardeshir Electrical stimulation enhances epidermal proliferation in human cutaneous wounds by modulating p53-SIVA1 interaction. The Journal of investigative dermatology 135: 1166-74, 2015.

Wormser C, Mariano A, Holmes E S, Aronson L R, Volk S W Post-transplant malignant neoplasia associated with cyclosporine-based immunotherapy: prevalence, risk factors and survival in feline renal transplant recipients. Veterinary and comparative oncology : , 2014.

Ud-Din Sara, Volk Susan W, Bayat Ardeshir Regenerative healing, scar-free healing and scar formation across the species: current concepts and future perspectives. Experimental dermatology 23: 615-9, 2014.

Volk Susan W, Shah Shalin R, Cohen Arthur J, Wang Yanjian, Brisson Becky K, Vogel Laurie K, Hankenson Kurt D, Adams Sherrill L Type III collagen regulates osteoblastogenesis and the quantity of trabecular bone. Calcified tissue international 94: 621-31, 2014.

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1998

V.M.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1995

B.A. University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences, 1991