Lillian Nanney
Last active: 1/20/2015


The primary goal of the laboratory is to investigate cutaneous growth control mechanisms in the skin whether it be in wound healing settings where accelerated growth or regeneration is desired or whether it be in benign or neoplastic growth where growth inhibition is desired. Our mechanistic wound healing studies are conducted primarily in porcine and mouse models but typically compared against the molecular events within human skin. We have expanded beyond our original focus of examining the role of ErbB receptors and related cytokines to a more global examination of the complex interplay of genes and proteins expressed in response to cutaneous injury and the subsequent events of wound repair. One goal is to elucidate the temporal sequence of human genes and proteins that are misregulated following injury and which lead to inflammatory perturbations and wound scarring and contracture. The ultimate goal is to discover pivotal molecules that can be either overexpressed or suppressed in the clinical quest to intervene and produce a more timely repair with a more regenerative and aesthetically pleasing outcome. Dr. Nanney also serves as the Director of Vanderbilt's Instituional Immunohistochemistry Core. She directs a team that is always testing new antisera and developing successful immunostaining working protocols that become immediately available to Vanderbilt's research community. The core also provides routine embedding and histological services for human and animal tissues. Dr. Nanney is the founding Director of the Academy for Excellence in Teaching that was recently established within the Medical Center. .


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  1. Injectable polyurethane composite scaffolds delay wound contraction and support cellular infiltration and remodeling in rat excisional wounds. Adolph EJ, Hafeman AE, Davidson JM, Nanney LB, Guelcher SA (2012) J Biomed Mater Res A 100(2): 450-61
    › Primary publication · 22105887 (PubMed) · PMC3288361 (PubMed Central)
  2. Multiplexed molecular descriptors of pressure ulcers defined by imaging mass spectrometry. Taverna D, Nanney LB, Pollins AC, Sindona G, Caprioli R (2011) Wound Repair Regen 19(6): 734-44
    › Primary publication · 22092844 (PubMed)
  3. Spatial mapping by imaging mass spectrometry offers advancements for rapid definition of human skin proteomic signatures. Taverna D, Nanney LB, Pollins AC, Sindona G, Caprioli R (2011) Exp Dermatol 20(8): 642-7
    › Primary publication · 21545539 (PubMed) · PMC3135742 (PubMed Central)
  4. Characterization of the degradation mechanisms of lysine-derived aliphatic poly(ester urethane) scaffolds. Hafeman AE, Zienkiewicz KJ, Zachman AL, Sung HJ, Nanney LB, Davidson JM, Guelcher SA (2011) Biomaterials 32(2): 419-29
    › Primary publication · 20864156 (PubMed) · PMC2997347 (PubMed Central)