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Principal Investigators

Edward M. Schwarz, Ph.D., Yeshiva, Einstein, 1993 Edward M. Schwarz, Ph.D.
Richard and Margaret Burton Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedics
Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Research (CMSR)
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Osteoimmunology and Novel Drug Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Regeneration and Osteomyelitis

Ackert-Bicknell, CherylCheryl Ackert-Bicknell, Ph.D., University of Maine, 2007
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
Genetic Regulation of Bone

Jennifer H Anolik MD PhDJennifer H. Anolik, M.D, Ph.D, University of Rochester 1994, Ph.D., 1996, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine - Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology
B Cell Autoimmunity and Novel Drug Therapies for Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoimmunology

Hani A. Awad, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1999 Hani A. Awad, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics
Director, BBMTI Core CMSR
Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering

Judith F. Baumhauer, M.D., M.P.H.Judith A. Baumhauer, M.D., University of Vermont (M.D.), 1989, University of Rochester (M.P.H.), 2009 
Professor of Orthopaedics

Danielle Benoit, Ph.D., University of Colorado, 2006Danielle Benoit
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering 
Therapeutic Biomaterials 


Brendan F. Boyce, M.D., UK-U Glasgow, 1972 Brendan F. Boyce, M.B.Ch.B.
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Director, Anatomic Pathology; Co-Director, HBMI Core CMSR

Bone Cell Biology and Bone Pathology

Mark R. Buckley, Ph.D., Cornell University, 2010 Mark Buckley
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Multi-scale Biomechanics (Cell Level to the Organ Level)

Laura Calvi MD Laura M. Calvi, M.D., Harvard, 1995
Dean's Professor of Medicine - Endocrinology
Microenvironment of Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSC) in the Bone; Stem Cell Microenvironmental Interactions and Pharacologic Strategies

Emily Carmody, M.D., University of Rochester, 2003 Emily E. Carmody, M.D.
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and the Cancer Center 
Director, Center for Bone Health
Director, Fracture Liaison Service

Robert Dirksen Robert T. Dirksen, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1991
Lewis Pratt Ross Professor and Chair of Pharmacology and Physiology
Elucidate the Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms that Control Intracellular Calcium Dynamics in Skeletal Muscle Cells in Health and Disease

Eliseev, Roman Roman A. Eliseev, M.D., Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2002
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics

Brian D Giordano MD Brian D. Giordano, M.D., SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine, 2004
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
Co-Director, Hip Preservation Program
Hip Abductor Sisease and its Relationship with the Progression of Hip Osteoarthritis

Warren C. Hammert, D.D.S., M.D., Medical College of PA, 1996Warren C Hammert DDS MD
Professor of Orthopaedics and Plastic Surgery
Chief of Hand Surgery

Jennifer H. Jonason, Ph.D., Yale University, 2006Jonason, Jennifer
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics 
Signaling Mechanisms of Skeletal Development and Disease

Constantinos Ketonis, M.D., Ph.D., Jefferson Medical College, 2011Constantinos Ketonis, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Orthopaedics, Implant Development, Microbiology and Infection, Biofilms

Benjamin Korman, M.D., Ohio State University, 2009Catherine Quo
Assistant Professor of Medicine - Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology 

Catherine K. Kuo, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann ArborCatherine Quo
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering 
Mechanobiology, Stem Cells, Tissue Engineering, Development Biology, Biomaterials, Orthopaedics

Whasil Lee, Ph.D., Duke University, 2011Whasil Lee
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacology and Physiology
Mechanotransduction Signaling Mechanisms of Musculoskeletal Cells 


Alayna Loiselle, PhD Alayna Loiselle, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2009
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Molecular Mechanisms of Tendon and Bone Regeneration

R. John Looney, M.D., University of Rochester, 1976 Richard John Looney, M.D.
Professor of Medicine - Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology

Photo of Michael Maloney, M.D.Michael Maloney, M.D., Georgetown University, 1992
Dean's Professor of Orthopaedics

Sandeep MannnavaSandeep Mannava, M.D., Ph.D., SUNY Upstate (M.D.), 2009, Wake Forest University (Ph.D.), 2012
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics 
Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Surgery, Sports Medicine, Biology of Aging, Regenerative Medicine, Soft Tissue Mechanics 

Emmanuel N. Menga, M.D., University of Rochester, 2009Emmanuel Menga
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics 
Clinical and Functional Outcomes of Pediatric and Adult Spine Surgery 

Addisu Mesfin MDAddisu Mesfin, M.D., Drexel University, 2006
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics, Public Health Sciences, and Neurosurgery
Signaling Mechanisms in Degenerative Disc Disease

David J. Mitten, M.D., University of Rochester, 1992David Mitten
Professor of Orthopaedics 

Robert A. Mooney, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1980Robert A. Mooney, Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 

Irvin Oh, M.D., College of Medicine, Kosin University, 2000Irvin Oh
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics 

Photo of J. Edward Puzas, Ph.D. J. Edward Puzas, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1976
Senior Associate Dean, Basic Research
Donald and Mary Clark Professor of Orthopaedics
Professor of Environmental Medicine

Homaria Rahimi MD Homaira Rahimi, M.D., Rutgers University, 2004; MTR, University of Pennsylvania, 2011
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Inflammatory arthritis, osteoimmunology and lymphatic dysfunction

Benjamin F. Ricciardi, M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College, 2009Benjamin Ricciardi
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics

Photo of Christopher Ritchlin, M.D.Christopher Ritchlin, M.D, M.P.H., Albany Medical College (M.D.), 1982, University of Rochester (M.P.H.), 2008
Professor and Chair of Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology 

Paul Rubery MD Paul T. Rubery, M.D., Cornell University, 1988
Chair of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

James O. Sanders, M.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1986James O. Sanders, M.D.
Professor of Orthopaedics and Pediatrics 

Caroline Pinto Thirukumaran, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2016Caroline P. Thirukumaran, M.B.B.S., M.H.A., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics 
Orthopaedics Health Services Research and Policy 

Ilya Voloshin, M.D., Dartmouth, 1998 Ilya Voloshin, M.D.
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics

Xie, ChaoChao Xie, M.D., M.S.B.A., Zunyi Medical College (M.D.), 1992, University of Rochester (M.S.B.A.), 2017
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics 
Vice Chair for Biomedical Research and Training in China 

Lianping Xing, B.Med., Ph.D.Lianping Xing, M.D., Ph.D., China-Fourth Military Medical University (M.D.), 1977, Penn State University (Ph.D.),1994 
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 
Bone Cancer Biology, Musculoskeletal Repair and Maintenance 

Zhenqiang Yao, Ph.D., University of Westminster, 2016Zhenqiang Yao
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 

Photo of Xinping Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.Xinping Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., Shanghai Medical University (M.D.), 1990, University of Rochester (Ph.D.), 1999
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics

Research Track Faculty

Calvin L. Cole, Ph.D., Georgia Statue University, 2016Calvin Cole
Research Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Surgery, Cancer Control 
Biological Mechanisms of Cancer-Related Skeletal Muscle Wasting, Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement 

John L. Daiss, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1982John Daiss, PhD
Research Associate Professor 
Immune Response to Bacterial Infections, Diagnostics of Bacterial Infections, Physical Bases of Chronic Infection

Benjamin Frisch Benjamin Frisch, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2012
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine - Hematology/Oncology
Hematopoiesis, Leukemic bone marrow microenvironment

Jonathan Leckenby, M.B.B.S., B.Sc., University of London, 2006Catherine Quo
Research Assistant Professor of Surgery - Plastic Surgery

Gowrishankar Muthukrishnan, Ph.D.Gowrishankar Muthukrishnan
Research Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics

Nida Meednu, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2009Nida Meednu
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine - Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology 

Ananta Paine, Ph.D., Germany-Hannover Medical School, 2008 Ananta Paine, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine - Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology 

Javier Rangel-Moreno, Ph.D., Mexico-Natl Polytechnic Institute, 2002Javier Rangel-Moreno
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine - Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology 

Alexander Rosenberg, Ph.D., University of Pittsburg, 1993Alexander Rosenberg, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine - Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology
Director of Bioinformatics and Data Visualization Service Center 


Affiliated Faculty

Allen P. Anandarajah, M.B.B.S., University of Nigeria, 1990Allen Anandarjah
Associate Professor of Medicine - Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology 

John C. Elfar, M.D., Harvard University, 2002Photo of John Elfar, M.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor

Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D., Weizmann Institute of Science, 2000 Vera Gorbunova
Doris Johns Cherry Professor of Biology
Biology of Aging

Lynne E. Maquat, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 2009 Lynne Elizabeth Maquat, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Center for RNA Biology
Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Cancer Center
J. Lowell Orbison Distinguished Service Alumni Professor

Disease-Associated mRNA Decay Pathways

Mark Noble PhD Mark Noble, Ph.D., Stanford University, 1977
Martha M. Freeman, MD Professor in Biomedical Genetics
Professor of Neuroscience 

M. Owen PapugaM. Owen Papuga, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2011
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Charles A. Thornton, M.D., University of Iowa, 1981 Charles A. Thornton, M.D.
Saunders Family Distinguished Professor in Neuromuscular Research
Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience

David Weber MD, MSCEDavid Weber, M.D., M.S., University of Kansas (M.D.), 2007, University of Pennsylvania (M.S.), 2013
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Relationships Between Bone Health, Body Composition and Chronic Disease in the Pediatric Population

Michael J. Zuscik, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1993 Michael Zuscik
Adjunct Professor 
Cartilage Biology and Osteoarthritis