|Nick Barnthouse, M.D., Research Fellow
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, 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
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, MS, Research Assistant
Masters Degree, Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Contact Info: Tel: 913-588-5413/Fax: 913-588-0700, email@example.com
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
|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, Administrative Assistant
Contact Info: Tel: 913-588-0069/Fax: 913-588-0070 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
|Mingcai Zhang, Ph.D.
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.