The Marine Biomedical Research Program focuses on basic and applied research using sharks, skates, and stingrays as laboratory animal models. Areas of interest include biochemistry, physiology, immunology, reproductive biology and embryonic development.

Major research efforts in the program are directed at understanding the remarkable overall health of sharks and their skate and ray relatives, including studies to investigate their low incidence of disease, including cancer, and their relatively rapid and infection-free healing of wounds . The ultimate goal is to use results from these studies to contribute to a better understanding of health problems in higher animals, including humans, and to benefit the wild populations of the particular organisms studied.

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