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Research Staff

Feng, Yi

Yi Feng, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow, Harrington Laboratory for Molecular Orthopedics 
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, Orthopedic Research and Education Center 
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 and Education 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, Harrington Laboratory for Molecular Orthopedics 
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.

Michelle Settle

Michelle Settle, Research Lab Administrator, Orthopedic Research and Education Center 
Tel: 913-588-0069 Fax: 913-588-0070
Michelle has over 30 years of administrative management experience, 13 of those here at KUMC. She handles travel, accounts receivable and payable for the OREC, supervises payroll and maintains IRB protocols for all studies conducted through the lab.  She works on and maintains the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine's KUMC website. 
Michelle also facilitates the GSMC 840 Surgical Observation course taught by Dr. Terence McIff, Director of the Orthopedic Research and Education Center, helping bridge the gap between the BioEngineering Program at KU-Lawrence and Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at The University of Kansas Medical Center.

Amanda Varner, BS Research Assistant, Orthopedic Research and Education Center
BS in Chemistry, University of Missouri Kansas City
Tel: 913-588-6149 Fax: 913-588-0070
Projects and Responsibilities: Amanda joins the orthopedic team with 4 years research and lab managing experience in settings including the Fenton Lab, Center for Neuroscience at New York University, and the KCPD Crime Lab in Trace Analysis in Kansas City, Missouri. She is currently assisting in analytical chemistry testing, protocol development, resident training workshops, lab management, as well as assisting in resident research.


Mingcai Zhang, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Harrington Laboratory for Molecular Orthopedics 
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.

Sharon Bradshaw, BA, Clinical Research Coordinator
B.A.,Business, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
Tel: 913-945-6289 Fax: 913-588-0862 
Sharon manages the clinical trials for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery's Sports Medicine, Trauma, Upper and lower extremity, Total joints, and Musculoskeletal Oncology specialties. She works closely with Orthopedic Residents and Fellows on their clinical research projects along with medical students that are collaborating with orthopedic faculty on various studies. She also assists with submission of QI and QA projects. Sharon is the department's point of contact for coordinating and communicating with the Research Institute, the IRB, Contracts and Budgets Dept, Industry Sponsors, and Education/Training depts. She coordinates collaborative projects with different departments within KU and outside institutions. She is currently the Senior Research Coordinator, managing participating sub-investigators along with their research teams on a multi-center musculoskeletal oncology trial.

Stephanie Robinson, MS, Clinical Research Coordinator
Masters Degree Tel: 913-588-0581 Fax: 913-588-0862
In addition to over 10 years with KUMC Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Stephanie brings over 9 years of pharmaceutical clinical trial industry experience, including 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. She supports the research with the orthopedic spine surgery group working with Drs. Burton, Jackson, Bunch, and Carlson. They work on both industry sponsored studies as well as investigator-initiated studies with the International Spine Study Group on studies relating to adult spinal deformities. The ISSG has amassed the largest database of spinal deformity patients in the world.

Last modified: Jul 19, 2021