2024 MRM Talks: Dr. Rahul Gawri and Tarek Klaylat


The MRM Network presents: the MRM Talks. Join us to learn more about stem cells and regenerative medicine. Our webinar series will showcase prominent scientists in the field, including MRM Principal Investigators and external guest speakers.

During each seminar, we will also showcase the work of one MRM Trainee, who will present alongside our guest speaker.

In this edition of the MRM Talks:

Dr. Rahul Gawri,
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, McGill University
Junior Scientist, RI-MUHC, Montreal General Hospital

“Applications of Inorganic Polyphosphates in Tissue Engineering of Musculoskeletal Tissues”



Tarek Klaylat,
Ph.D. Candidate in the Gawri Lab,
McGill University

“Development of a novel inorganic polyphosphate-releasing thermoresponsive hydrogel to improve fracture healing outcomes”

THURSDAY, January 25, 2024
12:00 – 1:00 PM

Missed the presentation? You can catch up on our YouTube channel.


About the speakers:

Dr. Rahul Gawri is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, McGill University, and a junior scientist with RI-MUHC. His research program focuses on tissue engineering of hard and soft musculoskeletal tissues, incorporating osteoimmunology, bioinspired materials, hypoxia, and using relevant organ culture and animal models of musculoskeletal diseases. Rahul completed his MD from Calcutta University and his Ph.D. from McGill University. He completed an industrial internship with Johnson and Johnson’s spine division Synthes and visiting fellowships at Universitet Lund, Sweden, and AO Research Institute, Switzerland. He was the Arthritis Society of Canada and NSERC post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and a senior post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He has done some pioneering work in the field of intervertebral disc and cartilage biology and has developed many novel tissue engineering and regenerative medicine techniques. In addition to his basic science and translational medicine work, Rahul also has experience and expertise working with rare and orphan diseases with severe musculoskeletal manifestations. He has a track record of collaborating with clinical faculty members and developing clinically relevant translational projects to answer some fundamental questions, aiming at improving patient outcomes and advancing personalized medicine. Overall, he amalgamates his clinical, basic science, and translational science expertise and is leveraging them to establish his research program focusing on novel applications for tissue engineering of musculoskeletal tissues.

Tarek Klaylat is a dedicated and enthusiastic Ph.D. student in Surgical and Interventional Sciences in the lab of Dr. Rahul Gawri at McGill University. Tarek’s work focuses on developing innovative and cutting-edge tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications for ligament tissues. Tarek is passionate about contributing to the scientific community and is currently engaged in the Experimental Surgery Graduate Student Society (ESGSS) as VP Finance and in the Quebec Cell, Tissue and Gene Therapy Network – ThéCell Students’ initiative committee as VP Activities.


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