Sascha Goonewardena earned his BS in Biology and Philosophy from the University of Michigan and my MD (2003) from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He returned to the University of Michigan for a fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago with Joe “Skip” Garcia using genetic and genomic technologies to understand the molecular mechanisms of heart and lung disease. After completing his cardiology fellowship, he served as a postdoctoral fellow with James R. Baker, Jr. at MNIMBS focusing on understanding polymer delivery systems and molecular and cellular immunology.
My research interests focus on using polymer and microfluidic platforms to understand and modulate the immune system and vascular disease. We have developed several technologies to track polymers in biological systems and to monitor dynamic biological process that drive vascular inflammation and disease. We are actively collaborating across disciplines and have active mechanistic and translational projects in heart failure, coronary artery disease, and immunology.
Contributions to MNIMBS:
As a physician-scientist, I have a strong interest in working across disciplines to leverage technologies and apply these to understand and treat disease. I am already engaged in collaborations with several members of MNIMBS and across the medical campus. I also have a deep interest in mentorship and working with students using our cross-disciplinary studies as a springboard to train the next generation thought leaders. I have several recent provisional patent applications with members of MNIMBS and these are the foundation for my research interests going forwards.