Benjamin Levi, M.D.

Benjamin Levi, M.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Levi completed his undergraduate education at Washington University, medical school at Northwestern University and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency at the University of Michigan. During this time he completed a 2 year post-doctoral research fellowship at Stanford University. He recently completed a fellowship in Burn Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital. Benjamin has been involved in Burn research since High School when given the opportunity to work in the Burn Laboratory of Richard Gamelli MD and Luisa DiPietro DDS, PhD. Subsequently, and for three consecutive summers, he worked in the Burn and Shock Trauma laboratory of Dr. Gamelli and Dr. Luisa DiPietro with a focus on wound healing and inflammation. Inspired by this experience, he remained active in research throughout medical school and residency and he dedicated two years of additional training to do a basic science research fellowship in stem cell biology and bone tissue engineering at Stanford University under Dr. Michael Longaker. During this time, he focused on basic stem cell biology, mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) osteogenesis, and bone tissue engineering. Since returning to the University of Michigan, Dr. Levi has developed the Burn/Wound and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory with the guidance of Dr. Stewart Wang. This lab has focused on the significant clinical problem of heterotopic ossification. Specifically, Dr. Levi has developed new animal models to study this complex process and is working to improve early diagnostic and treatment modalities.

The BWR Lab Team

The BWR Laboratory is grounded on a foundation of teamwork, bringing together doctors, professional scientists, medical students, graduate students, and undergraduates from a variety of backgrounds.

Stewart Wang, MD, PhD

Stewart Wang, MD, PhD

Investigative Partner

Dr. Wang received an AB in History of Science and Medicine from the Yale College before going on to complete his MD at the University of Chicago. He also earned a PhD in Molecular Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh during his general surgical residency training. He joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1995. His clinical expertise is in the areas of general surgery, acute care surgery, trauma, and burns. Dr. Wang is Director of Burn Surgery at the University of Michigan’s ABA-verified Burn Center and Director of the State of Michigan Burn Coordinating Center for Mass Casualty Incidents. Dr. Wang’s basic science laboratory investigates innate immune mechanisms in injury and wound healing, working together with the BWR Laboratory. He served as Associate Chairman for Research in the Department of Surgery from 2002-2007. His work as Director of the ICAM (International Center of Automotive Medicine) Laboratory and in real-world motor vehicle crash cases to assess injury causation mechanisms have produced forums and research leading to improved automobile safety around the world.

Shuli Li, MD, PhD

Shuli Li, MD, PhD

Senior Staff

Dr. Li completed his medical education at Peiking University Health Science Center in Beijing, China and completed his doctoral training in molecular biology and pathology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Following his doctoral studies, Dr. Li proceeded to Stanford University to work with Dr. Longaker at the Insititute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine researching the capacities for regenerative stem cells in post-wound and calvarial tissue repair. Following this research, Dr. Li arrived in Ann Arbor to continue his work in wound healing at the Burn, Wound, and Regeneration Lab with Dr. Levi, focusing on the molecular biology and cell culture components of study.