Joel D. Boerckel, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Contact information
McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory
376A Stemmler Hall
3450 Hamilton Walk
Phildelphia, PA 19104-6081
Office: 215-746-8168
Fax: 215-573-2133
B.S. (Mechanical Engineering)
Grove City College , 2006.
M.S. (Mechanical Engineering)
Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009.
Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering)
Georgia Institute of Technology , 2011.
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Description of Research Expertise

My laboratory is interested in the mechanobiology of development and regeneration. We study how mechanical cues influence morphogenesis, growth, adaptation, and repair, and how these physical stimuli can be used to engineer functional tissues. We are currently focused on the molecular mechanisms that control cellular mechanosensation during bone and blood vessel development and on creation of tissue engineering strategies that recapitulate these mechanisms for tissue regeneration.

Current projects in the lab include:
1. Mechanotransductive feedback control of cytoskeletal dynamics
2. Mechanical regulation of vasculogenesis
3. Transcriptional control of bone development, adaptation, and repair
4. Mimicking development for tissue engineering
5. Mechanical stimulation of endochondral bone regeneration

Selected Publications

Pearson HB, Dobbs C, Grantham E, Niebur GL, Chappuis JL, Boerckel JD: Intraoperative biomechanics of lumbar pedicle screw loosening following successful arthrodesis. Journal of Orthopaedic Research 35(12): 2673-2681, Dec 2017.

McDermott AM, Mason DE, Lin ASP, Guldberg RE, Boerckel JD: Influence of structural load-bearing scaffolds on mechanical load- and BMP-2-mediated bone regeneration. J Mech Behav Biomed Mater 62: 169-81, Sep 2016.

Griffin KS, Davis KM, McKinley TO, Anglen JO, Chu TMG, Boerckel JD†, Kacena MA: Evolution of bone grafting: Bone grafts and tissue engineering strategies for vascularized bone regeneration. Clinical Reviews in Bone and Mineral Metabolism 13(4): 232-44, 2015.

Boerckel JD, Mason DE, McDermott AM, Alsberg E: Microcomputed tomography: approaches and applications in bioengineering. Stem Cell Res Ther 5(6): 144, Dec 2014.

Boerckel JD, Chandrasekharan UM, Waitkus MS, Tillmaand EG, Bartlett R, Dicorleto PE: Mitogen-activated protein kinase phosphatase-1 promotes neovascularization and angiogenic gene expression. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 34(5): 1020-31, May 2014.

Boerckel JD, Kolambkar YM, Stevens HY, Lin AS, Dupont KM, Guldberg RE: Effects of in vivo mechanical loading on large bone defect regeneration. J Orthop Res 30(7): 1067-75, Jul 2012.

Boerckel JD, Uhrig BA, Willett NJ, Huebsch N, Guldberg RE: Mechanical regulation of vascular growth and tissue regeneration in vivo. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 108(37): E674-80, Sep 2011.

Dupont KM, Sharma K, Stevens HY, Boerckel JD, García AJ, Guldberg RE: Human stem cell delivery for treatment of large segmental bone defects. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 107(8): 3305-10, Feb 2010.

Boerckel JD, Kolambkar YM, Dupont KM, Uhrig BA, Phelps EA, Stevens HY, García AJ, Guldberg RE: Effects of protein dose and delivery system on BMP-mediated bone regeneration. Biomaterials 32(22): 5241-51, Aug 2011.

Berner A, Boerckel J D, Saifzadeh S, Steck R, Ren J, Vaquette C, Zhang J Qiyi, Nerlich M, Guldberg R E, Hutmacher D W, Woodruff M A: Biomimetic tubular nanofiber mesh and platelet rich plasma-mediated delivery of BMP-7 for large bone defect regeneration. Cell Tissue Res 347(3): 603-12, Mar 2012.

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