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Helena Zomer - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Helena Zomer

Research Assistant Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Helena Zomer studies molecular biology, regenerative medicine and mesenchymal stromal cells and tissue engineering for skin wound healing.


The main focus of Helena Zomer's research has been on regenerative medicine approaches to improve skin wound healing and regeneration. Helena's training as a veterinary doctor and molecular, developmental and cell biologist gives her a singular set of skills and a unique research perspective. As a veterinarian scientist, Helena follows the One Heath concept —the multidisciplinary collaborative efforts to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment— and her research programs aim to benefit both human and animal health. Helena's expertise includes cell and molecular biology techniques such as cell cultures, immunohistochemistry, western blotting, qPCR, flow cytometry and cell sorting, various animal models (mouse, rat, rabbits) and histopathology.

Areas of Expertise (3)

Regenerative Medicine

Skin Wound Healing

Stem Cells


Articles (3)

Mesenchymal stromal cells from dermal and adipose tissues induce macrophage polarization to a pro-repair phenotype and improve skin wound healing


Helena Debiazi Zomer, et. al


The process of wound healing restores skin homeostasis but not full functionality; thus, novel therapeutic strategies are needed to accelerate wound closure and improve the quality of healing. In this context, tissue engineering and cellular therapies are promising approaches. Although sharing essential characteristics, mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) isolated from different tissues might have distinct properties.

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In vitro comparative study of human mesenchymal stromal cells from dermis and adipose tissue for application in skin wound healing

Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Helena Debiazi Zomer, et. al


Novel strategies combining cell therapy, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine have been developed to treat major skin wounds. Although mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) from different tissues have similar stem cell features, such as self-renewing mesodermal differentiation potential and expression of immunophenotypic markers, they also have distinct characteristics.

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Skin wound healing in humans and mice: challenges in translational research

Journal of Dermatological Science

Helena D.Zomer, et. al


Despite the great progress in translational research concerning skin wound healing in the last few decades, no animal model fully predicts all clinical outcomes. The mouse is the most commonly used model, as it is easy to maintain and standardize, and is economically accessible.

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