Caroline Thompson


B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, The University of Connecticut, 2020

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University, 2023 | LinkedIn: Carolinebikes




Caroline is a fourth year PhD candidate interested in cartilage mechanics and stem cell therapies for post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Caroline is investigating mitochondrial transfer, a mechanism by which stem cells “donate” their mitochondria to diseased recipient cells. Caroline is working to understand and modulate mitochondrial transfer from mesenchymal stem cells to in-situ chondrocytes.

Posters and Presentations

Caroline Thompson, Lawrence Bonassar, PhD. Cartilage Loading Immediately Following Impact Injury Mitigates Chondrocyte Death in vitro. Podium session at: Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Conference; Oct. 12-15 2022; Podium Presentation.

Caroline Thompson, Lawrence Bonassar, PhD. Cartilage Articulation Immediately Following Impact Injury Mitigates Surface Zone Chondrocyte Death in vitro. Poster presented at: Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Conference; Feb. 10-14 2023; Poster Presentation.

Honors and Awards

  • Cornell Stem Cell Program Training Fellowship
  • National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Awardee


Caroline grew up in Charlestown, Rhode Island and obtained her B.S in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Connecticut.  During her undergraduate studies, Caroline was interested in bone and cartilage, with a focus on resorbable biomaterials and materials engineering. In her free time, Caroline enjoys cycling, skiing, and rock climbing.