Research Staff

Barnthouse Nick Barnthouse, M.D., Research Fellow
Tel:  913-588-0871
Fax:  913-945-7773
Projects and Responsibilities:  Nick is currently studying the pathogenesis of posttraumatic osteoarthritis and articular cartilage repair in a mouse model as well as the molecular regulation of articular chondrocyte function as it relates to osteoarthritis through the histologic and genetic analysis of human and animal articular tissues.
Sharon Bradshaw Sharon Bradshaw, BA, Clinical Research Coordinator
B.A. Degree: Business, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
Current Projects:
Sharon has 7 years of Clinical Research experience with US Oncology, whichprovides her with the skills and knowledge to support clinical research conducted by the faculty. This includesprotocol development, communication with organizations and committees (such as HSC), and interactions with pharma companies.  From recruiting and consent to follow up and data management, Sharon is the vital contact between the doctor and the patient volunteer. 

Tom Kruger, Ph.D., Research Assistant
Tel:  913-588-0871
Fax:  913-945-7773
Projects and Responsibilities: Tom's research in the Harrington Laboratory for Molecular Orthopedics will focus on (1) regulatory mechanisms of osteoblast differentiation and osteogenesis, (2) the efficacy of both natural and synthetic biomaterials to stimulate bone repair, and (3) pathogenic mechanisms of osteoarthritis .  My responsibilities include protein purification and analysis, RNA isolation/purification, RT-PCR, quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR), and preparation of manuscripts for presentation and publication.  In addition, I assist with obtaining informed consent from human subjects and acquisition of human and animal tissue samples for various analyses.

Lu Qinghua Lu, B.Sc., Senior Research Associate
B.Sc: Nanchang University, Nanjing, P.R. China
Contact Info: Tel: 913-588-0870/ Fax: 913-588-0070
Current Projects: Qinghua has worked on multiple orthopedic research projects as a Research Technician/Associate having previously spent time in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. She has assisted several principal investigators with bone histology, tissue/cell culture, and animal surgery and post-operative care.
Damon Mar Damon Mar, MS, Research Assistant
Masters Degree, Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Contact Info:  Tel: 913-588-5413/Fax: 913-588-0700,
Current projects:  Damon's study in mechanical engineering makes him a great fit in the Orthopedic Research Center. His strong background in mechanical engineering, design and manufacturing methods makes him an invaluable part of the resident research program. He coordinates and evaluates all resident research, as well as supporting other bioengineering lab and center research.

Andy Miller, BA
Research Assistant
Tel:  913-588-0871
Fax:  913-945-7773
Projects and Responsibilities:  As a research assistant in the Harrington Laboratory for Molecular Orthopedics, I am working on two projects: (1) the role of bone sialoprotein (BSP) in osteoblast differentiation and bone regeneration; (2) pathogenetic mechanisms and novel therapeutics for osteoarthritis. I am responsible for RNA isolation from human and animal cell/tissue samples, quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) analysis, cell culture, obtaining informed consent from human subjects and acquiring tissue samples, laboratory management, preparation of figures, and editing of manuscripts.

Stephanie Robinson Stephanie Robinson, MS, Clinical Research Coordinator
Masters Degree: Marriage and Family Therapy, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Current Projects:
Stephanie brings over 5 years of pharmaceutical clinical trialindustry experience with CROs (3 years of project management)primarily in oncology researchto the department. She has managed all study phasesfrom study start-up todatabase lock. Currently, she is working with Dr. Doug Burton and the International Spine Study Group on a study relating to adult spinal deformities.
Michelle Settle Michelle Settle, Administrative Assistant
Contact Info: Tel: 913-588-0069/Fax: 913-588-0070
Background:Michelle brings with her over 20 years of management experience and has expanded the role of Administrative Assistant since joining the department in 2008. She coordinates research meetings, helps with editingand submission ofmanuscripts for scientific publications, andmaintains training schedules and records for students, residents and staff in the Research Center.
Zhang Mingcai Zhang, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Tel:  913-588-0871
Fax: 913-945-7773
Projects and Responsibilities:  My current research is focused on two projects:  (1) the role of bone sialoprotein (BSP) in osteogenesis and bone regeneration; (2) the molecular mechanisms underlying the initiation and progression of osteoarthritis.  My general bench work involves preparation of shRNA and cDNA lentiviral constructs for stable knockdown and forced expression of target genes, respectively, preparation of luciferase reporter constructs to assess transcriptional activity, cell culture, total RNA isolation and qPCR analysis, methylated DNA immunoprecipitation (MeDIP), and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assay, etc.  I am also responsible for supervision of medical students and graduate students in the laboratory.

Last modified: Mar 26, 2013