Mervyn J. Merrilees and Thomas N. Wight

Dr. Merrileesis a Professor in the Department of Anatomy with Radiology in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research focuses on strategies to remodel the extracellular matrix in tissues affected by chronic diseases, especially those of blood vessels and lung.

He gained his PhD at the University of Toronto, and more recently was awarded a Doctorate of Science from the University of Otago, New Zealand, for his work on the matrix. Over the past decade, he and Dr. Wight in Seattle have forged a productive international collaboration and together contributed new insights into control of the matrix and tissue structure.


Dr. Wight is Director of the Hope Heart Matrix Biology Program at the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason and Affiliate Professor of Pathology at theUniversityofWashington.  His research focuses on the role of proteoglycans in regulating cell phenotype and extracellular matrix assembly.  He has published over 280 manuscripts in this field of research.

In addition to serving as an Associate Editor of The Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry, Dr. Wight serves on the editorial boards of Matrix Biology and Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, and is a trustee of the International

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