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Dr. Devin O'Brien Coon, MD, MSE


Principal Investigator, Surgeon-Scientist

Dr. Devin O’Brien Coon is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

He is also the Clinical Director for the Brigham’s Center for Transgender Health. Previously, his clinical practice and research lab were based at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he was Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Biomedical Engineering (now part-time faculty). He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated magna cum laude and received a Dean’s Research Fellowship and Dean’s Merit Scholarship. He also holds a Master’s of Science in biomedical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering. He completed his general surgery and plastic surgery training at the Johns Hopkins University/University of Maryland integrated residency program.

Dr. O’Brien Coon has published over 80 publications and received numerous awards, including the BioMaryland LIFE (Leading Innovative Faculty Entrepreneurs) award. He is a two-time recipient of the D. Ralph Millard award from the Plastic Surgery Foundation for best scientific plastic surgery manuscript and was named a 2013 Innovator of the Year by the Maryland Daily Record. He directs a basic science research laboratory that focuses on materials science and tissue engineering for surgical applications. He is one of a select group of physicians to have invented and developed medical devices (including a bioresorbable surgical implant and a 3-D ultrasound imaging system) through the entire development process from initial concept, testing, and FDA approval to clinical use. He is also an NIH-funded researcher whose inventions have led to numerous patents and a venture-backed startup company.

Erik Reiche, MD


Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow,
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Erik was born and raised in Costa Rica and worked as a first assistant surgeon for a Plastic Surgery practice in Costa Rica for two years after graduation. Sponsored by a conglomerate of three Central American foundations, he joined the Coon lab in 2021 at Johns Hopkins University. He transferred alongside Dr. Coon to BWH in 2022 and is responsible for the lab’s small and large animal surgeries, data analysis, and day-to-day operations. In his spare time, he enjoys brewing beer, reading, cooking, and spending time with his wife. 

Mira Rahmayanti, MD


Postdoctoral Research Fellow,
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Mira obtained her medical degree from Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia. Before joining the Coon Lab, Mira worked in a variety of positions including as a postdoctoral research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital and as a General Practitioner in Indonesia. Her current research interests include wound healing and high throughput screening. Outside of the lab, Mira enjoys reading and exploring the city. 

Vance Soares, MSE


Doctoral Student, Biomedical Engineering

Vance graduated with a BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 2016. He then worked at the Langer Lab at MIT, Ocular Therapeutix, and Proven Process Medical Devices before starting a PhD program in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins. His research interests include wound healing, organ transplantation, and 3D bioprinting. Outside of work, Vance likes reading, gardening, physical fitness like swimming and rock climbing, and playing with his cat. 

Calvin Schuster, BS


Medical Student

Calvin graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY in 2019. He did research at Dana Farber for a year before starting medical school at Johns Hopkins. His research interests include nerve regeneration and dermal wound healing. When not studying or doing research, Calvin enjoys going to the gym and playing piano. 

Sophia Hu, BS


Medical Student

Sophia is a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania taking a research year out in the Coon Lab and BWH Patient-Reported Outcomes, Value, and Experience Center. She graduated from Stanford University in 2020 with a BA in Anthropology. Her research interests include gender affirmation surgery outcomes, wound healing, and medical device innovation. Outside of work, she enjoys biking and reading. 

Plastic Surgery Research Council, April 2023, Cleveland, OH

Lab Alumni

Vanessa Mroueh, MD

Jessica Mroueh, MD

Hunter Hoover-Watson, MS

Andrew Marano, MD

Patrick Keller, MD

Yu Tan, PhD

Sophia Preston, MD

Allister Suarez, PhD

Wilmina Landford, MD 

Roberto Travieso, MD

Norah Oles, MD

Sophia Nakuchima, BS

Matthew Louis, MD

Matthew Garza, BS

Nicholas Calotta, MD