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Basak Uygun, Ph.D.

Basak Uygun, Ph.D.

Basak Uygun, Ph.D., is on the scientific staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston. She is also an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and assistant bioengineer in the surgery department at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was a Shriners Hospitals for Children Fellow and is the director of research operations at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston, where she oversees the operations of Translational Regenerative Medicine, and Animal and Genomics and Proteomics Facilities.

Dr. Uygun is currently involved in research projects that aim to engineer skin substitutes for improved wound healing through the use of elastin-like peptides. Her research interests focus on engineering of organ substitutes to improve regeneration and functional outcomes after injury. Specifically, she collaborates with Martin Yarmush, M.D., Ph.D., and Robert Sheridan, M.D., as well as others, to design skin substitutes for improved wound healing with a strong focus on clinical translation of our technology. 

Dr. Uygun has over 40 publications which have received more than 1,400 citations so far (h index = 16). Her publications have appeared in top tier journals such as Nature Medicine, Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Journal of Burn Care. Dr. Uygun has also contributed to five book chapters. She serves as ad-hoc reviewer for NIH, NSF and European grants and reviewer for top journals in the biomedical engineering field. She has also presented her work in conferences in her field throughout her career. Dr. Uygun’s research program is supported by funding obtained from NIH, MGH and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Dr. Uygun has received numerous awards including:

  • Fellow, Shriners Hospitals for Children
  • Claflin Distinguished Scholar, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Pathway to Independence Awards, National Institutes of Health
  • Junior Investigator Award, American Society of Transplant Surgeons

Current positions:

  • Scientific Staff, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston
  • Assistant Professor, Surgery, Harvard Medical School
  • Assistant Bioengineer, Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital


  • BS, Chemical Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • MSc, Chemical Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.

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