Soslowsky Laboratory

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Congratulations to Sarah Rooney!
July 05, 2018
Congratulations to former Soslowsky Lab graduate student, Sarah Rooney, for receiving the Biomedical Engineering Teaching Award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)!

Congratulations to Dr. Benjamin Freedman, Ashley Rodriguez, Ryan Leiphart, Joseph Newton, Dr. Joseph Sarver, and Dr. Lou Soslowsky!
June 26, 2018
Congratulations to Ben, Ashley, Ryan, Joey, J, And Dr. Soslowsky on their manuscript titled "Dynamic Loading and Tendon Healing Affect Multiscale Tendon Properties and ECM Stress Transmission" accepted for publication in Scientific Reports!

Congratulations to Dr. Brittany Taylor!
June 13, 2018
Congratulations to Brittany for being selected as the 2018 Mid-Atlantic PREP/IMSD Research Symposium (MAPRS) Distinguished Alumni Awardee. She will be recognized at the 2018 MAPRS meeting at Duke University, where she will also give a keynote address.

Congratulations to Dr. Ben Freedman, Ashley Rodriguez, Dr. Cody Hillin, Steph Weiss, and Dr. Lou Soslowsky!
January 30, 2018
Congratulations to Ben, Ashley, Cody, Steph, and Dr. Soslowsky for their manuscript titled "Tendon healing affects the multiscale mechanical, structural, and compositional response of tendon to quasi-static tensile loading" accepted for publication in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface!

Congratulations to Carrie, Dr. Shetye, and Dr. Soslowsky!
January 10, 2018
Congratulations to Carrie, Snehal, and Dr. Soslowsky for their paper titled "Colonization of the cervicovaginal space with Gardnerella vaginalis leads to local inflammation and cervical remodeling in pregnant mice" published in the journal of PLOS ONE.

Congratulations to Dr. Taylor, Dr. Cheema, and Dr. Soslowsky!
December 19, 2017
Congratulations to Brittany, Adnan, and Dr. Soslowsky for their literature review article titled "Tendon Pathology in Hypercholesterolemia and Familial Hypercholesterolemia" published in Current Rheumatology Reports!

Congratulations to Dr. Soslowsky!
November 22, 2017
Congratulations to Dr. Soslowsky for being awarded the H. R. Lissner Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers! He got this award for "outstanding contributions toward the understanding, prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries to tendinous and ligamentous tissues; and for internationally recognized leadership in the biomechanics community”. We are so proud of you Lou!

Congratulations to Courtney Nuss, Dr. Huegel, James Boorman-Padgett, Daniel Choi, Stephanie Weiss, and Dr. Soslowsky!
September 11, 2017
Congratulations to Courtney, Julianne, James, Dan, Steph, and Dr. Soslowsky for their manuscript titled "Poly-N-Acetyl Glucosoamine (sNAG) Enhances Early Rotator Cuff Tendon Healing in a Rat Model" accepted for publication in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering!

Congratulations to Kelsey Robinson, Carrie Barnum, Stephanie Weiss, Dr. Huegel, Dr. Shetye, Dr. Birk, and Dr. Soslowsky!
August 25, 2017
Congratulations to Kelsey, Carrie, Stephanie, Julianne, Snehal, Dr. Birk, and Dr. Soslowsky for their manuscript titled "Decorin and Biglycan Are Necessary for Maintaining Collagen Fibril Structure, Fiber Realignment, and Mechanical Properties of Mature Tendons" accepted for publication in Matrix Biology.

Congratulations to Zakary Beach, Jennica Tucker, Katie Reuther, Dr. Glaser, and Dr. Soslowsky!
August 23, 2017
Congratulations to Zak, Jennica, Katie, Dr. Glaser, and Dr.Soslowsky for their manuscript titled "Biceps Tenotomy in the Presence of a Supraspinatus Tear Alters the Adjacent Intact Tendons and Glenoid Cartilage" accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomechanics!

Congratulations to Adam Pardes, Zak Beach, Harina Raja, Ashley Rodriguez, Ben Freedman, and Dr. Soslowsky!
June 15, 2017
Congratulations to Adam, Zak, Harina, Ashley, Ben, and Dr. Soslowsky for their manuscript titled "Aging leads to inferior Achilles tendon mechanics and altered ankle function in rodents" accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomechanics!

Congratulations to Cori Riggin, Dr. Huegel, Dr. Steinberg, Dr. Kuntz, Dr. Mauck, Dr. Soslowsky, and Dr. Bernstein!
June 15, 2017
Congratulations to Cori, Julianne, Dr. Steinberg, Dr. Kuntz, Dr. Mauck, Dr. Soslowsky, and Dr. Bernstein for their manuscript titled "Electrospun PLGA Nanofiber Scaffolds Release Ibuprofen Faster and Degrade Slower after In Vivo Implantation" accepted for publication in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering!

Congratulations to Zak Beach and Dr. Gittings!
May 31, 2017
Congratulations to Zak Beach and Dan Gittings for their book chapter on Tendon Biomechanics published in Muscle and Tendon Injuries.

Congratulations to Mihir!
April 19, 2017
Congratulations to our undergraduate research assistant, Mihir, for being awarded the Spring 2017 Ernest M. Brown, Jr. College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant from the College Alumni Society!

Congratulations to Jessica Johnston, Dr. Brianne Connizzo, Dr. Snehal Shetye, Kelsey Robinson, Dr. Julianne Huegel, Ashley Rodriguez, and Dr. Soslowsky!
April 10, 2017
Congratulations to Jessica, Bri, Snehal, Kelsey, Julianne, Ashley, and Dr. Soslowsky for their manuscript titled "Collagen V haploinsufficiency in a murine model of classic Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is associated with deficient structural and mechanical healing in tendons" accepted for publication in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research!

Congratulations to Dr. Gittings and Dr. Cheema!
March 28, 2017
Congratulations to Dr. Gittings and Dr. Cheema for being awarded a grant from the OREF to study the effects of nicotine on tendon healing!

Congratulations to Team Achilles!
March 28, 2017
Congratulations to Team Achilles for having their abstract on predicting Achilles tendon healing from functional and structural measurements selected to be featured in the summary session at the 2017 ORS Annual Meeting!

Congratulations to Zak and Ryan!
March 28, 2017
Congratulations to 2nd year graduate student Zakary Beach and 1st year graduate student Ryan Leiphart for being awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship! Way to go!

Congratulations to Dr. Freedman!
March 27, 2017
Congratulations to Ben for receiving the Sol Pollack Award for Excellence in Graduate Bioengineering Research! This award is given annually to the most deserving bioengineering graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania who has successfully completed research that is original and recognized as being at the forefront of its field!

Congratulations to George Fryhofer!
March 21, 2017
Congratulations to George on receiving the Jonathan Rhoads Prize for Surgical Scholarship for his paper titled "Postinjury Biomechanics of Achilles Tendon Vary by Sex and Hormone Status".

Congratulations to Benjamin Freedman, George Fryhofer, Nabeel Salka, Harina Raja, Dr. Hillin, Courtney Nuss, Dr. Farber, and Dr. Soslowsky!
February 28, 2017
Congratulations to Ben, George, Nabeel, Harina, Cody, Courtney, Dr. Farber and Dr. Soslowsky for their manuscript titled "Mechanical, histological, and functional properties remain inferior in conservatively treated Achilles tendons in rodents: Long term evaluation" accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomechanics.

Congratulations to Benjamin Freedman, Nabeel Salka, Dr. Morris, Pankti Bhatt, Adam Pardes, Dr. Gordon, Courtney Nuss, Cori Riggin, George Fryhofer, Dr. Farber, and Dr. Soslowsky!
February 23, 2017
Congratulations to Ben, Nabeel, Tyler, Pankti, Adam, Josh, Courtney, Cori, George, Dr. Farber, and Dr. Soslowsky for their manuscript titled "Temporal healing of Achilles tendons following injury in rodents depends on surgical treatment and activity" accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Congratulations to Cori Riggin!
January 12, 2017
Congratulations to Cori Riggin for coming in 2nd place for her presentation at the 6th Annual Penn Bioengineering Graduate Research Symposium!

Congratulations to Benjamin Freedman!
January 12, 2017
Congratulations to Ben for coming in 2nd place for his poster at the 6th Annual Penn Bioengineering Graduate Research Symposium!

Congratulations to the Soslowsky lab!
January 10, 2017
Research from the Soslowsky lab was recently featured on the NIAMS Spotlight on Research 2016 section in their News and Events section! Great job, Soslowsky lab!https://www.niams.nih.gov/News_and_Events/Spotlight_on_Research/2016/achilles_tendon.asp

Congratulations to Dr. Gittings!
December 27, 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Gittings for being awarded the 2016 Resident/Fellow Fast Track Grant from the American Foundation for the Surgery of the Hand for his project titled "The effect of nicotine on healing in a rat Achilles tendon model"!

Congratulations to Ben!
November 20, 2016
Congratulations to Ben Freedman for being awarded a President Gutmann Leadership Award to help support travel to the 2017 ORS Conference!

Congratulations to Carrie!
November 14, 2016
Congratulations to Carrie for her paper titled "RNA-binding proteins in eye development and disease: implication of conserved RNA granule components" published in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: RNA!

Congratulations to Ben and Cori!
November 14, 2016
Congratulations to Ben and Cori for their review paper featured on Atlas of Science!

Congratulations to George Fryhofer, Benjamin Freedman, Dr. Hillin, Nabeel Salka, Adam Pardes, Stephanie Weiss, Dr. Farber, and Dr. Soslowsky!
September 13, 2016
Congratulations to George, Ben, Cody, Nabeel, Adam, Steph, Dr. Farber, and Dr. Soslowsky for their manuscript titled "Post-Injury Biomechanics of Achilles Tendon Vary by Sex and Hormone Status" accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

Congratulations to Jennica, Dr. Gordon, Robert, Dr. Zuskov, and Dr. Soslowsky!
September 08, 2016
Congratulations to Jennica, Josh, Robert, Andrey, and Dr. Soslowsky for their manuscript titled "P2 Porous Titanium Implants Improve Tendon Healing in an Acute Rat Supraspinatus Repair Model" accepted for publication in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

Congratulations to Dr. Huegel, Dr. Kim, James, Adam, Dr. Morris, Courtney, Dr. Mauck, Dr. Soslowsky, and Dr. Kuntz!
August 05, 2016
Congratulations to Julianne, DongHwa, James Cirone, Adam, Tyler, Courtney, Dr. Mauck, Dr. Soslowsky, and Dr. Kuntz for their manuscript titled "Autologous Tendon-Derived Cell-Seeded Nanofibrous Scaffolds Improve Rotator Cuff Repair in an Age-Dependent Fashion" accepted for publication in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research.

Congratulations to Jennica, James, Dr. Morris, Courtney, Dr. Potocek, and Dr. Soslowsky!
June 06, 2016
Congratulations to Jennica , James, Tyler, Courtney, Julianne, and Dr. Soslowsky for their manuscript titled "Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy improves tendon-to-bone healing in a rat rotator cuff repair model" accepted for publication in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research.

Congratulations to Andre Zuskov, Andrew Dunkman, and Dr. Soslowsky!
May 19, 2016
Congratulations to Andrew Zuskov, Andrew Dunkman, and Dr. Soslowsky for their manuscript titled "The role of bone sialoprotein in the tendon-bone insertion" accepted for publication in Matrix Biology.

Congratulations to Adam, Ben, George, Nabeel, Pankti and Dr. Soslowsky!
April 29, 2016
Congratulations to Adam, Ben, George, Nabeel, Pankti, and Dr. Soslowsky for their manuscript titled "Males Have Inferior Achilles Tendon Material Properties Compared to Females in a Rodent Model" accepted for publication in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.

Congratulations to Ben, Dr. Gordon, Pankti, Adam, Dr. Thomas, Cori, Jennica, Alexis, Dr. Hast, Dr. Farber, and Dr. Soslowsky
April 21, 2016
Congratulations to Ben, Josh, Pankti, Adam, Cori, Jennica, Alexis, Mike, Dr. Farber and Dr. Soslowsky for their manuscript titled "Nonsurgical treatment and early return to activity leads to improved Achilles tendon fatigue mechanics and functional outcomes during early healing in an animal model" accepted for publication in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research.

Congratulations to Dr. Shetye!
April 08, 2016
... and his wife on their new addition to the family, Baby Rohan. We wish them all the best and good health!

Thank you, Pankti Bhatt!
April 08, 2016
... for all of her amazing contributions to the lab over the past 3 years. We wish her the best of luck in all of her future endeavors!

Congratulations to Dr. Connizzo and Dr. Soslowsky!
April 04, 2016
Congratulations to Bri and Dr. Soslowsky for their manuscript titled "Multiscale Regression Modeling in Mouse Supraspinatus Tendons Reveals That Dynamic Processes Act as Mediators in Structure-Function Relationships Journal of Biomechanics" accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomechanics!

Congratulations to Dr. Julianne Potocek
March 31, 2016
Congratulations to Julianne for winning the New Investigator Recognition Award (NIRA) at ORS 2016 for her work titled "Effects of Autologous Tenocyte-Seeded Nanofibrous Scaffolds in Rotator Cuff Repair are Age-Dependent". Great job, Julianne!

Congratulations to Dr. Connizzo and Dr. Soslowsky!
March 24, 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Bri Connizzo and Dr. Soslowsky for their paper titled "Collagen V Expression is Crucial in Regional Development of the Supraspinatus Tendon." published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research!

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Rooney, R. Baskin, Dr. Torino, R. Vafa, P. Khandekar, Dr. Kuntz, and Dr. Soslowsky
March 01, 2016
Congratulations to Sarah, Rachel, Dan, Rameen, Pooja, Dr. Kuntz and Dr. Soslowsky for their manuscript titled "Ibuprofen Differentially Affects Supraspinatus Muscle and Tendon Adaptations to Exercise in a Rat Model" accepted for publication in the American Journal of Sports Medicine!

Congratulations to Dr. Brianne Connizzo!
February 22, 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Bri Connizzo and Dr. Soslowsky for their paper titled "Collagen V-heterozygous and -null supraspinatus tendons exhibit altered dynamic mechanical behaviour at multiple hierarchical scales." published in Interface Focus!

Congratulations to Jennica Tucker!
February 18, 2016
Congratulations to Jennica Tucker and Dr. Louis Soslowsky for their paper titled "Effect of Simvastatin on Rat Supraspinatus Tendon Mechanical and Histological Properties in a Diet-Induced Hypercholesterolemia Model" published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research!

Congratulations to Dr. Soslowsky!
January 01, 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Soslowsky for being honored with the ORS 2016 Mentoring Award! Way to go, Dr. Soslowsky and a great achievement!

Congratulations to Andrew Dunkman, Dr. Mark Buckley, David Beason and Dr. Louis Soslowsky!
December 24, 2015
Congratulations to Andrew Dunkman, Dr. Mark Buckley, David Beason and Dr. Louis Soslowsky for their paper titled "The Injury Response of Geriatric Mouse Patellar Tendons" published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research!

Congratulations to Adam Pardes and Ben Freedman!
December 22, 2015
Congratulations to Adam Pardes and Ben Freedman for their paper titled "Ground reaction forces are more sensitive gait measures than temporal parameters in rodents following rotator cuff injury" published in J. Biomech!

Congratulations to Dr. Julianne Potocek!
December 16, 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Potocek for being selected as a finalist for the New Investigator Recognition Award (NIRA) at ORS 2016! Way to go, Julianne!

Congratulations to Dr. Bri Connizzo!
November 05, 2015
...for completing her PhD Thesis Dissertation Defense! Bri will be completing her post doctoral fellowship at MIT under a F32 fellowship from the NIH!

Congratulations to Jennica Tucker!
October 29, 2015
...for all of her amazing contributions to the laboratory over the past five(+) years of her time with us! We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors!

Congratulations to Adam Pardes, Cori Riggin, and Ben Freedman!
October 12, 2015
...for being featured in a recent article of the DP for their work on GABE and BMES! The article can be read by clicking the title above!

Congratulations to Sarah Rooney and Pankti Bhatt!
October 12, 2015
...for their paper titled, "Genetic Response of Rat Supraspinatus Tendon and Muscle to Exercise" published in PLoS1!

Welcome to Soslowsky Lab, Zak!
October 12, 2015
Welcome to our new graduate student, Zak Beach!

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Rooney!
August 11, 2015
...for completing her PhD Thesis Dissertation Defense! Sarah is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware!

Congratulations to Cori Riggin, Bhavana Mohanraj, Adam Pardes, and Ben Freedman
July 22, 2015
Congratulations to the Penn Chapter of the BMES and Graduate Association of Bioengineering. The chapter received the 2015 Meritorious Chapter Award, the highest honor presented to a student chapter! The board has several students from the McKay Labs, including Cori Riggin (Outreach Chair), Bhavana Mohanraj (Symposium Chair), Adam Pardes (Website Chair), and Ben Freedman (Co-President).

Congratulations to Ben Freedman
June 29, 2015
Congratulations to Ben Freedman for his publication, "MRI-based analysis of patellofemoral cartilage contact, thickness, and alignment in extension, and during moderate and deep flexion," accepted to The Knee with his former PI's Dr. Amy Lerner (U. Rochester) and Dr. Frances Sheehan (NIH)!

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew F. Kuntz
May 06, 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Andrew F. Kuntz for being selected for the 2015 AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Development Program, which will be held in Rosemont, IL, September 17-19, 2015!

Congratulations to Dr. LeAnn Dourte
May 06, 2015
Congratulations to Lab PhD alum and current Penn BE Lecturer, Dr. LeAnn Dourte, for being awarded the Hatfield Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Lecturer and Practice Professor Track!

Congratulations to Dr. Louis Soslowsky
May 06, 2015
Congratulations to Louis J. Soslowsky, PhD for his appointment as Associate Dean for Research Core Facilities in the Perelman School of Medicine!

Congratulations to Ben Freedman and Cori Riggin
April 15, 2015
Congratulations to Ben Freedman and Cori Riggin for their review paper, "The (Dys)Functional Extracellular Matrix," published in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta in collaboration with Nate Bade, Sijia Zhang, Philip Haines, Katy Ong, and Paul Janmey!

Congratulations to Ben Freedman, Andrey Zuskov, J Sarver, and Mark Buckley
April 15, 2015
Congrats to Ben Freedman, Andrey Zuskov, J Sarver, and Mark Buckley for their paper, "Evaluating Changes in Tendon Crimp with Fatigue Loading as an ex vivo Structural Assessment of Tendon Damage," published in the Special Tendon Edition of the Journal of Orthopaedic Research!

Congratulations to Bri Connizzo and Ben Freedman
April 15, 2015
Congratulations to Bri Connizzo and Ben Freedman for their paper, "Targeted Deletion of Collagen V in Tendons and Ligaments Results in a Classic Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Joint Phenotype" published in the American Journal of Pathology in collaboration with Mei Sun and Dr. David Birk at the University of South Florida

Congratulations to Josh Gordon, Ben Freedman, Andrey Zuskov, and Renato Iozzo
April 15, 2015
Congratulations to Josh Gordon, Ben Freedman, Andrey Zuskov, and Renato Iozzo for their paper, "Achilles tendons from decorin- and biglycan-null mouse models have inferior mechanical and structural properties predicted by an image-based empirical damage model," published in the Journal of Biomechanics!

Congratulations to Tyler Morris, Cody Hillin, and Ben Freedman
April 15, 2015
Congratulations to Tyler Morris, Cody Hillin, and Ben Freedman for being awarded a 1-year grant from the OREF to support research for Cody during his year in McKay!

Welcome to Marcus Henderson
March 26, 2015
Welcome to new Research Engineer Marcus Henderson

Congratulations to Sarah I. Rooney
February 06, 2015
Congratulations to Sarah I. Rooney for receiving the 2015 Savio L-Y Woo Young Researcher Award, which will be presented to her at the International Symposium of Ligaments & Tendons XIV in Las Vegas, Nevada!

Congratulations to the New Parents
January 28, 2015
Congratulations to Mike and Alex Hast for the birth of their son, Lucas Michael Hast!

Congratulations to Julianne and Alexis
January 15, 2015
Congratulations to Julianne Potocek and Alexis Williams for their new review paper, "Rotator cuff biology and biomechanics: a review of normal and pathological conditions" published in Curr Rheumatol Rep!

Congratulations to Ben Freedman
January 06, 2015
Congratulations to Ben Freedman for coming in 2nd place in the 2015 BE Symposium poster session for his poster titled, "Novel application of a micro-CT perfusion technique to evaluate Achilles tendon vessel microarchitecture in three dimensions!"

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