Alexander Boys Receives a Travel Award from at the ICCBMT

Alexander Boys received a ICCBMT Travel Award at the International Conference on the Chemistry and Biology of Mineralized Tissue (ICCBMT). Congrats, Alex!

Nicole Diamantides Receives her M.S. in Biomedical Engineering

Nicole Diamantides passed her A Exam and received her M.S. in Biomedical Engineering. Congrats, Nicole!

Jill Middendorf Receives her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Jill Middendorf passed her A Exam and received her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Congrats, Jill!

Dr. Jenny Puetzer Accepts Faculty Position at VCU

Bonassar Lab alum Dr. Jenny Puetzer has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell in 2014 and is currently a Whitaker Foundation International Fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Molly Stevens in Imperial College, London.  She will finish her postdoctoral studies at the end of 2017 and begin her faculty position at VCU in January 2018. Congratulations, Jenny!

Benjamin Cohen Receives an Award for his Presentation at the TERMIS-AM 2016 Conference

Benjamin Cohen receives a Scientist Award for the TERMIS-AM 2016 Conference. Ben has received this award for his presentation entitled “Full-Scale Tissue Engineered Auricles through Auricular Chondrocyte-Mesenchymal Stem Cell Co-Implantation” discussing his research tissue engineering the human ear.

Congratulations, Ben!

Mary Clare McCorry was Accepted to AIMBE’s FDA Scholars Program

Mary Clare McCorry was accepted to the American Institute for Molecular and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) FDA Scholars Program at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). This program places distinguished post-doctorates in medical and biological engineering within CDRH to work side-by-side with influential decision makers to inform regulatory policy decisions.

Congrats, Mary Clare!

Bonassar Lab Work on 3D Tissue Printing Featured in BioTechniques

Work from the Bonassar Lab on 3D printing of cartilage was featured in the Tech News segment of a recent issue of the journal BioTechniques. The feature, entitled “Print on Demand,” describes the work of multiple laboratories using 3D printing for rapid, scalable manufacturing of biological tissues. It details the work of the Bonassar Lab in developing biological inks using alginate and collagen to produce cartilage for reconstructive surgery and orthopaedic applications.  See BioTechniques article: PRINT ON DEMAND to learn more about our work!

The Bonassar Group Wins 3 Awards at ORS

Three members of the Bonassar Lab won awards for presentations at the 2017 meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society in San Diego, CA.  Bonassar lab alum Dr. Eddie Bonnevie won a New Investigator Research Award (NIRA) for his work demonstrating the effects of inhibited cartilage lubrication on chondrocyte apoptosis and mitochondrial dysfunction.  PhD student Liz Feeney won a Poster Teaser Presentation Award for her describing the design and functionality of biomimetic cartilage lubricants.  PhD student Mary Clare McCorry won 2nd place in the Podium Presentation competition for the Meniscus Section for her work on controlling fiber formation in tissue engineered meniscus implants by manipulating the glucose content of culture media. Congratulations to Eddie, Liz, and Mary Clare!

The Bonassar Group Travels to the ORS 2017 Annual Meeting

The Bonassar Group is traveling to the ORS 2017 Annual Meeting to present 6 papers and 10 posters. Mary Clare McCorry is an award semi-finalist for the Meniscus Section, and Dr. Edward Bonnevie is an award semi-finalist for NIRA. Take a look through the meeting program, and come see our work. We hope to see you there!

Rebecca Irwin’s Collaboration with Dr. John Kennedy Results in a Grant from the AANA

Rebecca Irwin and Dr. John Kennedy of HSS were awarded a research grant for a project entitled “The Effect of Platelet Rich Plasma and Tribosupplementation in Osteochondral Lesions Treated with Microfracture: An in vivo Rabbit Model” from the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA). This work will test the hypothesis that decreased friction improves integration of repaired cartilage with native host tissue by decreasing shear stresses during repaired cartilage development. If tribosupplemntation aids in cartilage repair, this information could alter the clinical approach to osteochondral lesion repair and directly impact treatment options for patients.