Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory

Soslowsky Laboratory

Sarah I. Rooney

Sarah Ilkhani-Pour

Graduate Student in Bioengineering
Pennsylvania Muscle Institute T32 Trainee
University of Pennsylvania

Hometown: Northville, Michigan

Education: M.S.E. Biomedical Engineering, 2010, University of Michigan
B.S.E. Biomedical Engineering, 2009, University of Michigan

Certificate in College and University Teaching, 2012, University of Pennsylvania

Book Chapter

Ilkhani-Pour S, Dunkman AA, Solsowsky LJ. (2013) “The Basic Science of Rotator Cuff Tendons and Healing." In G.P. Nicholson (Ed), Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Shoulder and Elbow 4 (pp. 13-29). Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Publications

Rooney SI, Loro E, Sarver JJ, Peltz CD, Hast MW, Tseng W-J, Kuntz AF, Liu XS, Khurana TS, Soslowsky LJ. Exercise Protocol Induces Muscle, Tendon, and Bone Adaptations in the Rat Shoulder. Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal, 2014; 4(4): 413-419.

Reuther KE, Thomas SJ, Tucker JJ, Sarver JJ, Gray CF, Rooney SI, Glaser DL, Soslowsky LJ. Disruption of the Anterior-Posterior Rotator Cuff Force Balance Alters Joint Function and Leads to Joint Damage in a Rat Model. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 2014 May; 32(5):638-44.

Thomas SJ, Reuther KE, Tucker JJ, Sarver JJ, Yannascoli SM, Caro CC, Voleti PB, Rooney SI, Glaser DL, Soslowsky LJ. Biceps Detachment Decreases Joint Damage in a Rotator Cuff Tear Rat Model. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 2014 Aug; 472(8):2404-12.

Reuther KE, Thomas SJ, Evans EF, Tucker JJ, Sarver JJ, Ilkhani-Pour S, Gray CF, Voleti PB, Glaser DL, Soslowsky LJ. Returning to Overuse Activity Following a Supraspinatus and Infraspinatus Tear Leads to Joint Damage in a Rat Model. Journal of Biomechanics, 2013 Jul; 46(11):1818-24.

Abstracts and Presentations

Rooney SI, Baskin R, Kuntz AF, Soslowsky LJ. Ibuprofen Does Not Adversely Affect Supraspinatus Tendon Mechanical Adaptations in a Rat Model of Exercise. Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference, Snowbird Resort, UT, 2015. (accepted poster)

Rooney SI, Tobias JW, Bhatt PR, Kuntz AS, Soslowsky LJ. Genetic Response of Rat Supraspinatus Tendon and Muscle to Exercise. International Symposium on Ligaments & Tendons XIV, Las Vegas, NV, 2015. (keynote podium presentation) *Savio L-Y. Woo Young Researcher Award

Rooney SI, Loro E, Sarver JJ, Peltz CD, Hast MW, Tseng W-J, Liu XS, Khurana TS, Soslowsky LJ. Exercise Protocol Induces Muscle, Tendon, and Bone Adaptations in the Rat Shoulder. 60th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, New Orleans, LA, 2014. (poster)
*Poster won 2nd place prize at the University of Pennsylvania 2014 Bioengineering Graduate Group Research Symposium.

Thomas SJ, Reuther KE, Tucker JJ, Sarver JJ, Yannascoli SM, Caro AC, Voleti PB, Rooney SI, Glaser DL, Soslowsky LJ. Biceps Detachment Decreases Joint Damage in a Rotator Cuff Tear Rat Model. 60th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, New Orleans, LA, 2014.

Ilkhani-Pour S, Voleti PB, Buckley MR, Freedman BR, Iozzo R, Birk DE, Soslowsky LJ. Achilles Tendon Repair Response is Enhanced by the Absence of Decorin. 59th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, San Antonio, TX, 2013. (poster)

Zhang X, Caldwell J-M, Ilkhani-Pour S, Goldhaber NG, Bin Z, Guo XE, Soslowsky LJ, Levine WL, Lu HH. In Vivo Evaluation of a Bi-Phasic Nanofiber Scaffold for Integrative Rotator Cuff Repair. 59th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, San Antonio, TX, 2013.

Reuther KE, Thomas SJ, Tucker JJ, Sarver JJ, Gray CF, Evans EB, Ilkhani-Pour S, Glaser DL, Soslowsky LJ. Returning To Overuse Activity Following A Combined Supraspinatus And Infraspinatus Tear Leads To Shoulder Joint Damage. ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference, Sunriver, OR, 2013.

Thomas SJ, Sarver JJ, Reuther K, Tucker J, Edelstein L, Ilkhani-Pour S, Gray C, Lee CS, Glaser DL, Soslowsky LJ. The Effect of Return to Overuse Activity after Rotator Cuff Tears on Joint Function and Biceps Mechanical Properties in a Rat Model. American Society of Shoulder & Elbow Therapists Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 2012.

Ilkhani-Pour S, Satchell L, Sarver JJ, Tucker JJ, Gray CF, Edelstein L, Lee C-S, Williams G, Soslowsky LJ. Effect of Immobilization on a New, Two-Tendon Rat Rotator Cuff Repair Model. 58th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, San Francisco, CA, 2012. (podium presentation)

Thomas SJ, Sarver JJ, Tucker JJ, Reuther KE, Edelstein L, Ilkhani-Pour S, Gray CF, Lee C-S, Glaser, DL, Soslowsky LJ. The Effect of Return to Overuse Activity After a Supraspinatus Tear on Joint Function and Biceps Mechanical Properties in a Rat Model. ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference, Farmington, PA, 2011.

Szczesny S, Peloquin J, Ilkhani-Pour S, Cortes D, Kadlowec J, Soslowsky LJ, Elliott DM. Continuity and Affine Fiber Kinematics of the Supraspinatus Tendon in Biaxial Tension, ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference, Farmington, PA 2011.

Seminars

“Role of Inflammation in the Adaptation of Supraspinatus Tendon and Muscle to Load: A Proposed Project.” Pennsylvania Muscle Club, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. November 12, 2013.

“On Tendon Injuries.” McKay Bioengineering Seminar, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. February 25, 2013.

Educational Publications

Rooney SI, McGurk JS, Elliot ER, Dourte Segan LM. Facilitating the Transition of a Traditional Engineering Course to a Structured, Active, In-Class Learning Environment as a Teaching Assistant. 122nd Annual Conference of the American Society of Engineering Education, Seattle, WA, 2015. (accepted)

Dourte Segan LM, Rooney SI. Structured, Active, In-Class Learning Connecting the Physical to the Mathematical in an Introductory Biomechanics Course (Work in Progress). 122nd Annual Conference of American Society of Engineering Education, Seattle, WA, 2015. (accepted)

Sarah joined the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory in the Fall of 2010 and is currently working toward completion of her graduate studies in the Department of Bioengineering. Sarah's interests include cooking, reading, photography, and exercise videos and classes.