Researchers in the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory are analyzing the musculoskeletal system in normal, injured, and repaired states and devising creative ways to restore normal function through interdisciplinary approaches. Under the direction of Jennifer Wayne, Ph.D., professor of biomedical engineering, graduate students Ruchi Chande, M.S., Nathan Veilleux, and Brandon Marine are using computational modeling to improve joint function and surgical outcomes.
Daniel Conway, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and researchers in his lab are developing tools to enhance the study of cell biology. By inserting biosensors into specific proteins, they are able to measure a cell’s response to various chemical and mechanical stimuli. “There is a very tight connection between the forces that cells experience and how they behave,” says biomedical engineering Ph.D. candidate Paul Arsenovic.
Ning Zhang, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical engineering, is developing new ways to promote tissue regeneration through biomaterials and stem cell biology. Her student Jessica Forrester is investigating how microbeads can foster attachment of stem cells.