Project Description

James R. Gilbert, PhD

Assistant Research Professor

James R. Gilbert, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery and a Member of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. After growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana Dr. Gilbert received his BS in Microbiology from the University of Alabama; his MS in Biology from the University of New Orleans; and his PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, California.

Throughout his education, Dr. Gilbert has held several positions, including but not limited to: Research Associate, Department of Infectious Disease, Louisiana State University Health Sciences; Research Associate, Division of Cell Biology, LXR Biotechnology, Richmond, California; Post-Doctoral Fellow, Gene Therapy Program, Louisiana State University Health Sciences; Senior Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Senior Research Fellow, Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh; Lecturer, Clinical and Biomedical Research (Honors 1620), University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Gilbert’s research interests include systems biology, genomic approaches to understanding tissue interactions in craniosynostosis, and molecular therapies for the correction of craniofacial birth defects. Working as a member of the Pediatric Craniofacial Biology Lab, Dr. Gilbert’s research is primarily focused on deciphering the genetic etiology of craniosynostosis in a naturally occurring rabbit model of heritable craniosynostosis. Future research directions may include the developmental characterization of transgenic mice carrying novel alleles linked to craniosynostosis; genome-wide studies to identify the determinants of left-right asymmetry in craniofacial disorders; and, enhancing bone repair through the use of in vivo reprogramming to generate IPS cells.

A full listing of Dr. Gilbert’s publications may be found at: