Division of General Surgery
Biographical Overview for J. Matthew Rhett, PhD
Dr. Rhett received a BS in Molecular Biology, a BS in Biochemistry, and a BA in Chemistry from the College of Charleston, and his PhD in Biomedical Science from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his graduate and post-doctoral training under Dr. Robert G. Gourdie, studying structural and molecular biology of protein-protein interactions in the gap junction protein Cx43 . Dr. Rhett accepted a faculty appointment in the Department of Surgery in 2013. His research focuses on elucidating the role of connexin channel signaling in inflammatory responses during injury.
Grek C.L., Rhett J.M., Ghatnekar G.S. Cardiac to cancer: Connecting connexins to
clinical opportunity. FEBS Letters. 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2014.02.047.
*Rhett, J.M., Fann, S.A., Yost, M.J. Purinergic Signaling in Early Inflammatory Events of the Foreign Body Response: Modulating Extracellular ATP as an Enabling Technology for Engineered Implants and Tissues. Tissue engineering Part B, Reviews. 2014. Epub 2013/11/28. Featured article.
*Rhett, J.M., Veeraraghavan, R., Poelzing, S., Gourdie, R.G. The perinexus: Sign-post on the path to a new model of cardiac conduction? Trends Cardiovasc Med, 2013. 23(6): p. 222-228. Cover article.