Welcome to the basic research program of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. The primary goal of our program is to further understand the pathology of sickle cell disease and the other thalassemias. The knowledge we gain will direct future investigations into treatments and possible cures for these disorders. The department’s research program is directed by Dr. Steffen Meiler who has successfully led our program since arriving at Augusta University in 2002. Our research facilities occupy more than 2,500 square feet of laboratory space in the Carl Sanders Research Building on the Health Sciences Campus.

Our program has an international staff of highly competent and enthusiastic scientists. Research can certainly thrive when there is a strong collaborative spirit among the many clinical and basic science departments as well as a variety of research core facilities available for our use. While the central goal of our program revolves around the treatment of sickle cell disease by either pharmacological or genetic approaches, we are also working on projects of a broader nature. These are described in detail on our individual lab pages. We have expertise in multiple experimental methodologies. Moreover, we have a long-standing collaborative relationship with the Augusta University Sickle Cell Center that helps us to bridge the gap between basic research and clinical therapies.

Our Labs

Please click on a lab for more information

Dr. Tohru Ikuta Dr. Ikuta's Lab CB-2618
SEM Dr. Meiler's Lab CB-3915

Interested research applicants are welcome to contact

Steffen E. Meiler, MD
Professor and Chairman
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Augusta University
1120 15th Street, CB-2402
Augusta, GA 30912-2700

Office: 706-721-3287
Fax: 706-721-4150
Email: smeiler@augusta.edu