Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders

Affiliate Members

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Allison Altman Singles, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Mechanical Engineering
Penn State Berks
**New Member** biomechanics, gait, bone, running injury

Mary Barbe, Ph.D.
Professor, Anatomy & Cell Biology
Temple University

Repetitive strain injury, overuse injury, muscle fibrosis, bone biology, carpal tunnel syndrome

Evangelia Bellas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Temple University Adipose Tissue Engineering, Obesity, In Vitro Disease Models, Angiogenesis, Organs-on-Chip, Soft Tissue Regeneration

Pedro K. Beredjiklian, M.D.
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Rothman Institute

Tendon injury, scar formation, regenerative healing cytokines, collagen

Jarrett D. Cain, DPM, MSc
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation
Penn State University
**New Member** Diabetic bone healing, foot & ankle biomechanics, diabetic tendon healing

Xu Cao, Ph.D.
Lee Riley Professor
Orthopedic Surgery
Johns Hopkins Medical Institute
**New Member**

Bone remodeling, Osteoarthritis

Nicole M. Cattano, M.P.H., A.T.C.
Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine
West Chester University Osteoarthritis, biomarker, knee injury, tissue trauma, meniscus, ligament, pathophysiologybiochemical, disease modifying, interventions

Lesley Chow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering / Bioengineering
Lehigh University
**New Member** Biomaterials, 3D printing, spatial organization, peptides, biodegradable polymers, functionalized polymers, self-assembly

Daniel H. Cortes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Penn State University
**New Member** Soft tissue biomechanics and imaging

Hannah L. Dailey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics
**New Member** Orthopaedic trauma, fracture healing, computational mechanics

Jing Du, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Penn State University
**New Member** Mechanical behaviors of biological tissues and biomedical devices

John, Elfar, M.D.
Professor, Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation
Penn State Hersey
**New Member** Mangling limb injury atrophy peripheral nerve

Reyad A. Elbarbary, PhD
Assistant Professor
Penn State College of Medicine
**New Member** Bone healing, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Osteoarthritis, non-coding RNAs, RNA-binding proteins, Retrotransposons

Dawn Elliott, PhD
Department Chair
Blue & Gold Distinguished Professor
Biomedical Engineering
University of Delaware
**New Member** Biomechanics, disc, meniscus, tendon

Motomi Enomoto-Iwamoto, DDS, Ph.D
Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Maryland
**New Member** Cartilage development, cartilage pathology, tendon injury

Edward J. Fox, M.D.
Professor, Musculoskeletal Oncology Service
Penn State University Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine
**New Member** Musculoskeletal Oncology, Osteoporosis

Theresa Freeman, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Thomas Jefferson University

Fracture healing, MicroCT and histology, image analysis and processing, osteoarthritis, tissue regeneration, plasma biology

Lin Han, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health System, Drexel University

Osteoarthritis, atomic force microscopy, nanomechanics, meniscus, cartilage|

Li-Hsin Han, PhD
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics
Drexel University Cartilage Repair, Stem Cells, Tissue Engineering, Biopolymer, Scaffold, Microfabrication

Noreen J. Hickok, PhD
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Thomas Jefferson University Infection, bone-biomaterial interface, joint environment, spine prosthesis

David Jamison, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Villanova University
**New Member** Orthopaedics, tissue biomechanics

Jie Jiang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Maryland
**New Member** Tendon development, regeneration and mechanotransduction

Fadia Kamal, PhD
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Penn State Hersey
**New Member** Osteoarthritis, chondrocyte hypertrophy, GPCR signaling

Yibin Kang, PhD
Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor, Molecular Biology
Princeton University

Breast cancer, bone metastasis, osteoclastogenesis, tumor-stromal
interactions, TGF-b, Notch

Eric Klein, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biology
Rutgers University
**New Member** Microbiology, tissue stiffness, pathogenesis

Greg Lewis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation
Penn State Hersey

Fracture fixation, Shoulder replacement biomechanics, Computer simulation, Micro-CT analysis

Christopher Li, Ph.D.
Professor of Materials Science
Drexel University Structure and morphology of polymeric and hybrid materials for energy and biomedical applications

Kang Li, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
Rutgers University
**New Member**
Musculoskeletal Biomechanics, Rehabilitation Biomechanics, Data Science, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Medical Image Analysis

David Logerstedt, PT, PhD, MPT,SCS
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
University of the Sciences

Anterior cruciate ligament injury, articular cartilage injury, sports medicine, rehabilitation, physical therapy, biomechanics, clinical outcomes, musculoskeletal

Rich Lovering, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Orthopaedics
University of Maryland
**New Member** Skeletal muscle injury; muscular dystrophy; sarcopenia; nuclear mechanostransduction; rotator cuff pathology; MRI; NMJ

Thomas Lufkin, PhD
Bayard and Virginia Clarkson Endowed Chair in Biology
Clarkson University
**New Member**
Intervertebral disc, spine, biomarkers, gene expression, developmental biology

Michele Staud Marcolongo, Ph.D.
Department Head and Professor of MSE
Drexel University
**New Member** Orthopaedic biomaterials

Rowena McBeath, M.D., Ph.D
Assistant Professor/Attending Surgeon
Thomas Jefferson University
**New Member** Tendon, mechanobiology, signaling

Surena Namdari, MD, MSC
Assistant Professor of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
Rothman Institute

shoulder arthroplasty, periprosthetic infection, shoulder & elbow surgery,
rotator cuff repair, fracture fixation, Osteoporosis, shoulder arthritis

Javad Parvizi, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Thomas Jefferson University

hip & knee arthroplasty, periprosthetic joint infection, femoroacetabular impingment, developmental dysplasia of the hip, primary & revision arthroplasty

Nancy Pleshko, PhD
Professor of Bioengineering
Temple University

cartilage repair; tissue engineering, spectroscopy, imaging, bone mineralization,
collagen structure

Makarand V. Risbud, PhD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery &
Cell and Developmental Biology
Thomas Jefferson University

intervertebral disc, nucleus pulposus, hypoxia, HIF proteins, osmoregulation, TonEBP, degenerative disc disease, inflammatory cytokines 

Joel Rosenbloom, MD, PhD
Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Biology
Thomas Jefferson University

Fibrosis, Fibrotic Diseases, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Keloids, Adhesions, TGF- b,
Cardiac Fibrosis, Cytokine Signaling Pathways, Deep burns

James J. Sciote DDS, MS, PhD
Professor of Orthodontics
Temple University

clinical orthodontics, dentofacial deformities, orthognathic surgery, skeletal muscle
biology, physiology, human genetics

Irving M. Shapiro BDS, PhD
Anthony and Gertrude DePalma
Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Thomas Jefferson University

cartilage, bone, intervertebral disc, osteoarthritis, apoptosis, autophagy, chondrocyte, osteoblast, nucleus, pulposus, hypoxia

Sue Shapses, PhD
Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences; Center Director of Nutr/Exercise Metabolism at NJ-IFNH; Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, Rutgers-RWJ Medical School
Rutgers University

Calcium and vitamin D metabolism, diet, endocrine and obesity and osteoporosis

Karin Grävare Silbernagel
Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Delaware

Tendon, Achilles tendinopathy, Achilles tendon rupture, clinical outcomes, rehabilitation

Spencer Szczesny, PhD
Assistant Professor Biomedical Engineering
Pennsylvania State University
**New Member** Tendon, mechanics, mechanobiology, computational modeling

Gary L. Thompson, PhD
Assistant Professor Chemical Engineering
Rowan University
**New Member** Bioelectrics, Mechanobiology, Tissue Engineering

Marco Tizzano, PhD
Assistant Member, Monell Chemical Senses Center
**New Member** Solitary chemosensory cells, taste receptors, immunity type 2, rhino sinusitis, periodontitis

Ryan E. Tomlinson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Thomas Jefferson University
**New Member** Bone mechanobiology and skeletal innervation

Ani Ural, PhD
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Villanova University

Bone Mechanics, Computational Biomechanics, Fracture Mechanics

Sebastian L. Vega, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Rowan University
**New Member** Biomaterials, Stem Cells, Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering

Bin Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University

Parathyroid hormone, parathyroid hormone related protein, parathyroid hormone receptor,bone, cartilage, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis

Liyun Wang, PhD
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Delaware
**New Member** Biomechanics, osteocyte mechanobiology, bone-cancer interactions

David Waning, PhD
Associate Professor, Cellular & Molecular Physiology
Pennsylvania State University
**New Member** Bone-muscle crosstalk, bone metastasis, oxidative stress, muscle Ca2+ dysfunction, metabolism

Zijun Zhang, PhD
Senior Investigator
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
**New Member** Regenerative medicine, osteoarthritis, cartilage biology, orthopaedic pathology

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