Leadership

 

Center Director

Tamara Alliston

Tamara Alliston, PhD

Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Interests: Skeletal cell differentiation, mechanobiology, TGF-beta, osteocytes, bone quality, bone, cartilage, osteoarthritis.

Admin Core Collaborator & SBB Core Consultant

Jeffrey Lotz, PhD

Professor & Vice Chair
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Interests: Intervertebral disc, tissue engineering, biomechanics.

 

Associate Center Director

Robert Nissenson, PhD

Professor
Department of Medicine
Interests: Osteoblast differentiation, G protein signaling, heterotopic ossification, fracture healing, osteoporosis.
 

 

Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Study Design (EBSD) Core

Director, EBSD Core

 

Dennis Black, PhD

Professor
Department of Epidemiology Biostatistics
Interests: Osteoporosis treatment and risk identification, bone mineral density, hip & vertebral fracture risk reduction, clinical trials.
 

Co-Director, EBSD Core

Anne Schafer, MD

Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Interests: osteoporosis, bone metabolism, obesity, weight loss, bariatric surgery, diabetes, vitamin D.

 

Co-Director, EBSD Core

 

Michael Nevitt, PhD, MPH

Professor
Department of Epidemiology Biostatistics
Interests: Knee and hip osteoarthritis, epidemiology and risk factors, multicenter studies.

 

Imaging Core 

Director, Imaging Core

Galateia Kazakia, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
Interests: Mineralization, bone quality, bone architecture, bone microdamage, biomechanics, mechanical properties, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, high resolution computed tomography (CT), fluorescence imaging.

 

Co-Director, Imaging Core

 

Roland Krug, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
Interests: Quantitative Bone and Marrow Imaging at the Hip, Muscle Imaging, Metal MRI, MR guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (MRgHIFU).

 

 

Skeletal Biology and Biomechanics (SBB) Core

Director, SBB Core

Wenhan Chang, PhD

Professor
Department of Medicine 
Interests: Ionic and hormonal regulation of skeletal development and repair.

 

Co-Director, SBB Core

Aaron Fields, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Interests: spine, biomechanics, intervertebral disc degeneration, osteoporosis, low back pain, finite element analysis.

 

Representatives

Representative of Bone Biology & Osteoporosis Research 

Dan Bikle

 

Daniel Bikle, MD, PhD

Professor
Department of Medicine
Interests: Vitamin D, calcium, parathyroid hormone, insulin-like growth factor, ephrins, integrins, keratinocytes, wound healing, skin cancer, endochondral bone formation, fracture healing, skeletal loading, and unloading.
 

 

Representative of Cartilage Biology & Osteoporosis Research

 

Alexis Dang, MD

Associate Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Interests: small animal models of musculoskeletal injury, including the development and refinement of a articular injury model for post-traumatic osteoarthritis.
 

 

External Advisory Board

Jane Cauley, DrPH

Professor
Department of Epidemiology
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

 

Louis Soslowsky, PhD

Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Pennsylvania 

 

Samuel Ward, PhD

 

Samuel Ward, PhD

Vice Chairman, Orthopedic Surgery
Professor
Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Radiology
University of California, San Diego

 

Jennifer Westendorf, PhD

Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Mayo Clinic