Dr Akira Wiberg

Stipendiary Lecturer in Human Anatomy

I am a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with a special interest in peripheral nerve injury and reconstruction. My research aims to understand the genetic and biological basis of nerve injury through compression.  
My research is based at NDORMS, and my ultimate aim is to develop new therapies to improve outcomes for patients with nerve injuries. I use techniques that span the translational medicine pipeline, from big data approaches (genome-wide association studies) to single-cell RNA sequencing in surgically resected human tissues, through to experimental medicine and clinical trials. Much of my work uses carpal tunnel syndrome – the commonest type of compression neuropathy – as a model system to study chronic peripheral nerve injury. 
I am a former Merton student, having studied for both my medical degree and doctorate here. I have been a Stipendiary Lecturer at Merton since 2018, and I give undergraduate tutorials in human anatomy to first year medical students.