February 19, 2014
Dr. Murry is a Professor of Pathology, Bioengineering and Medicine/Cardiology at the University of Washington and also serves as Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Biology and Co-Director of the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. In addition to running his research laboratory, he practices diagnostic cardiovascular pathology and is extensively involved in teaching medical students and graduate students, where he has mentored over 75 high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral trainees during his career. Dr. Murry served as Chair of the International Society for Heart Research “Stem Cell and Gene Therapy Interest Group” from 2009-2011, and recently chaired the organizing committee for the Society for Biological Engineering/ International Society for Stem Cell Research conference on stem cell engineering in 2012.
A native of North Dakota, Dr. Murry completed his undergraduate work in chemistry at Bismarck Junior College and the University of North Dakota. He obtained his MD and PhD degrees from Duke University from 1988-89. His PhD thesis, done with Dr.’s Keith Reimer and Bob Jennings, focused on mechanisms of cell injury during myocardial ischemia and reperfusion including the first description of the phenomenon of ischemic preconditioning. In 1989, he moved to Seattle for residency training in Anatomical Pathology at the University of Washington where he began subspecialty clinical training in diagnostic cardiovascular pathology as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Steve Schwartz working on the molecular basis for monoclonality in human atherosclerosis. While in the Schwartz lab, Dr. Murry became interested in strategies to induce myocardial infarcts to heal by muscle regeneration, leading to his current work in myocardial infarct repair and stem cell biology.