Research Staff

Sharon Bradshaw

Sharon Bradshaw, BA, Clinical Research Coordinator
B.A.,Business, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
Tel: 913-945-6289 Fax: 913-588-0862
Projects and Responsibilities: Sharon has 7 years of Clinical Research experience with US Oncology, which provides her with the skills and knowledge to support clinical research conducted by the faculty. This includes protocol 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.

Ted Budden M.S. Research Assistant
Tel: 913-588-0871 Fax: 913-945-7773

Brian Egan, B.S. Research Assistant
Tel: 913-588-0871 Fax: 913-945-7773
Projects and Responsibilities: Brian is 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. He is responsible for RNA isolation from human and animal cell/tissue samples, cell culture, obtaining informed consent from human subjects and acquiring tissue samples. He also helps Dr. Wang with laboratory management, preparation of figures, and editing of manuscripts.

Feng, Yi

Yi Feng, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow
Tel: 913-588-0871 Fax: 913-945-7773
Projects and responsibilities: Yi's current studies are focused on the biological mechanisms of post-traumatic osteoarthritis and regulatory mechanisms of osteoblast differentiation during bone regeneration. He is responsible for animal surgeries to generate bone defects in mice/rats and post-traumatic osteoarthritis in mice, post-operative monitoring, mouse colony management, collection of tissues from mice/rats for isolation of cells and RNA for gene expression analyses by quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR).


Grahmm Funk, BS, Research Assistant
BS Degrees: Biology, Chemistry, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Tel: 913-588-6149 Fax: 913-588-0070
Projects and Responsibilities: Grahmm's background in Biology and Chemistry make him a unique fit within the Orthopedic Research Center. His biochemical background allows him to lead molecular studies within engineering-centered projects. Currently, Grahmm is working on antimicrobial incorporation into various bone cements. Other responsibilities include cell culturing, chemical analysis (HPLC), cadaveric tissue management, general laboratory maintenance, and assisting in resident research.


Qinghua Lu, B.Sc., Senior Research Associate
B.Sc, Nanchang University, Nanjing, P.R. China
Tel: 913-588-0870/ Fax: 913-588-0070
Projects and Responsibilities: 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
Tel: 913-588-5413 Fax: 913-588-0700
Projects and Responsibilities: 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 helps coordinate and evaluate all resident research, as well as supporting other bioengineering lab and center research.Damon is also working on his Ph.D. with Dr. McIff in the Orthopedic Research and Education Center. 

Jennifer A. McEllin, Ph.D Research Associate
Ph.D University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Tel 913-588-0871 Fax: 913-945-7773
Projects and Responsibilities: Jen's areas of expertise include cloning, mutagenesis, enhancer mapping, immunofluorescence, microscopy and analysis of transcription factor complexes. Her research project is aimed at understanding the regulation of the NFAT signaling in processes relevant to musculoskeletal diseases. Jen was also brought in to assist with obtaining informed consent from human subjects and other areas of lab management.

Stephanie Robinson

Stephanie Robinson, MS, Clinical Research Coordinator
Masters Degree, Marriage and Family Therapy, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Tel: 913-588-0581 Fax: 913-588-0862
Projects and Responsibilities: Stephanie brings over 5 years of pharmaceutical clinical trial industry experience (3 years of project management) to the department, primarily in oncology research. She has managed all study phases from study start-up to database lock. Currently, she is working with Dr. Doug Burton and the International Spine Study Group on studies relating to adult spinal deformities.

Michelle Settle

Michelle Settle, Research Lab Administrator
Tel: 913-588-0069 Fax: 913-588-0070
Projects and Responsibilities: Michelle brings with her over 20 years of management experience in various fields, enabling her to develop systems within the Center for Orthopedic Research and Education to keep it running smoothly. She coordinates research meetings, helps with editing and submission of manuscripts for scientific publications, and maintains training schedules and records for students, residents and staff in the Research Center. Michelle also facilitates the GSMC 840 class taught by Dr. McIff in both Fall and Spring semesters, bridging the gap between the BioEngineering Program at KU-Lawrence and KUMC.


Mingcai Zhang, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
Tel: 913-588-0871 Fax: 913-945-7773
Projects and Responsibilities: Mingcai's 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. His 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. He is also responsible for supervision of medical students and graduate students in the laboratory.

Last modified: Feb 08, 2016