Robert Friesel, PhD


Professor of Medicine



BS, Biology, Guilford College
PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, George Washington University
Postdoctoral Training, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda


Campus: MMCRI, Scarborough, ME
Laboratory: 20343 & 20344

Contact Information

Office Phone: 207-396-8147
Lab Phone: 207-396-8164
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Web Site  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology


Research Synopsis

Our group focuses on growth factor-mediated mechanisms of angiogenesis, tissue remodeling, and development. These studies include several approaches such as transgenic and knockout mouse models, cell and molecular biology, in vitro and in vivo imaging, and proteomics. We are investigating the molecular basis of blood vessel growth regulation by tyrosine kinase receptors (RTK) and the mechanisms by which RTK signaling is regulated. These studies have identified potential new targets for therapeutic intervention in vascular disease and cancer. Another area of research interest of this laboratory is skeletal development and remodeling. This research is focused on understanding normal mechanisms of skeletal development and homeostasis. Several growth factor signaling pathways, including the fibroblast growth factors, regulate skeletal and craniofacial development, and we are investigating the mechanism by which FGF signaling is regulated in skeletal development.


Lab Members

Shivangi Pande, GSBSE PhD Student Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Xuehui Yang, Staff Scientist Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page

Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research