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Justin Crane

Justin Crane

Assistant Professor

Mailing Address:

134 MU (Mugar Life Sciences Building), Boston, MA 02115


  • Mechanisms of aging and disease, Skin and connective tissue repair

Organ function declines over the lifespan because tissues fail to properly repair cellular damage. The Crane lab seeks to understand fundamental aspects of aging such as DNA damage, bioenergetic defects and immunity in order to restore tissue repair. We focus on epithelial and connective tissues to investigate fibrotic scarring, wound healing and inflammatory injury in transgenic mouse and in vitro models. The overall goal of this work is to develop therapies that mitigate aging and associated diseases and to promote function and independence in our elderly population.

Justin Crane in the news

We Know Exercise Is Good for Your Skin. This Protein Mimics Those Effects in Mice.

Skin cells lose their ability to heal themselves with age. Northeastern biologist Justin Crane is testing how a new treatment to heal wounds in older mice can help researchers understand the mechanisms of healing human skin cells.