I completed my graduate work at the University of Cincinnati under the mentorship of Dr. David Butler, a leading expert in tendon and ligament injury and repair, and having later completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Farshid Guilak at Duke University, at one of the leading orthopaedic research laboratories in the country. In the Fall of 2004, I joined the faculty of the University of Rochester as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Biomedical Engineering. My research focuses primarily on tissue engineering of load bearing connective tissues, including ligament and tendon, cartilage, and bone.
My research focuses primarily on Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering with an emphasis on challenging clinical problems and translational solutions.
Our approach is to develop in vivo and in vitro models of musculoskeletal injury and clinically-translatable outcome measures to assess the efficacy of regenerative and tissue engineering solutions.
Current research projects include:
1. Tissue Engineering of Massive Bone Allograft Union
2. Allografts and Gdf5 Gene Therapy in Flexor Tendon Tissue Engineering
3. Modulating Stem Cell Differentiation using Novel Allograft Scaffolds for Cartilage Repair
4. Fashioning a Superficial Zone-Like Layer in Bioreactor-Cultivated Tissue Engineered Cartilage
5. Evaluating models of human musculoskeletal disease and trauma
Maher JR, Inzana JA, Awad HA, Berger AJ. "Overconstrained library-based fitting method reveals age- and disease-related differences in transcutaneous Raman spectra of murine bones." Journal of biomedical optics. 2013 Jul 0; 18(7):077001.
Chu JY, Chen T, Awad HA, Elfar J, Hammert WC. "Comparison of an all-inside suture technique with traditional pull-out suture and suture anchor repair techniques for flexor digitorum profundus attachment to bone." The Journal of hand surgery. 2013 Jun 0; 38(6):1084-90. Epub 2013 Apr 09.
Madsen W, Yaseen Z, Lafrance R, Chen T, Awad H, Maloney M, Voloshin I. "Addition of a suture anchor for coracoclavicular fixation to a superior locking plate improves stability of type IIB distal clavicle fractures." Arthroscopy : the journal of arthroscopic & related surgery :
official publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the
International Arthroscopy Association. 2013 Jun 0; 29(6):998-1004.
Chen T, Hilton MJ, Brown EB, Zuscik MJ, Awad HA. "Engineering superficial zone features in tissue engineered cartilage." Biotechnology and bioengineering. 2013 May 0; 110(5):1476-86. Epub 2012 Dec 27.
Dhillon RS, Xie C, Tyler W, Calvi LM, Awad HA, Zuscik MJ, O'Keefe RJ, Schwarz EM. "PTH-enhanced structural allograft healing is associated with decreased angiopoietin-2-mediated arteriogenesis, mast cell accumulation, and fibrosis." Journal of bone and mineral research : the official journal of the
American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. 2013 Mar 0; 28(3):586-97.