Darius Jehan Bägli, MDCM, FRCSC, FAAP, FACS
Dr. Bägli was recruited back to Canada from the United States to initiate a new direction in the evolution of the Urology Division at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) to create a basic research sphere of activity within the division.
Dr. Bägli became a member of the surgical staff at SickKids and the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, in 1995. He is certified in Urologic Surgery by both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the American College of Surgery, and the Society For Pediatric Urology.
Dr. Bägli is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto and a full member of the graduate school's Institute of Medical Science. Dr. Bägli obtained his MD from McGill University, completed an NIH Research Fellowship and Urology Residency training at Harvard Medical School, and Pediatric Urology Fellowship training at the University of Washington. Dr. Bägli is a Senior Attending Paediatric Urologist and Associate Surgeon-In-Chief at The Hospital For Sick Children, and Senior Associate Scientist in the SickKids' Research Institute where he heads translational cell and molecular biology research in smooth muscle mechanotransduction and cell signaling.
His laboratory has developed a long standing interest how tissue microenvironments influence cell growth and differentiation. His research focuses on the convergence of mechanisms regulating tissue injury and regeneration, including the role of the extracellular matrix in stem and progenitor cell differentiation and programming in the regenerative medicine context.
Dr. Bägli's interest in molecular level environmental stimuli have led to more recent interest and studies in the epigenetic regulation of cell-matrix and host-pathogen interactions.
Dr. Bägli has authored well over 120 peer reviewed scientific papers in the basic science and clinical literature and has served on numerous grants panels and advisory boards for granting agencies in both the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Bägli is a recipient of peer reviewed funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, and the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
He is currently investigating extracellular matrix biology as it pertains to wound healing and biomechanically-mediated injury in the lower urinary tract. Dr. Bägli continues to pursue innovative collaborations with clinicians and investigators at University of Toronto, in Canada and the United States.
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