Collaborative Specialization in Musculoskeletal Health ResearchBone and Joint Institute

Current Trainees

Pardis Baha

The anatomy and kinematics of the hip joint: preventing post-operative complications after hip arthroscopy

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. James Dickey Kinesiology

Jasika Bashal

Mechanisms of Impaired Efferocytosis in Osteoarthritis

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Tom Appleton - Physiology and Pharmacology

Jacob Boudreau

Patient expectations following rotator cuff repair as a predictor of adherence and functional outcomes

MSc
Mentor: Dr. Joy MacDermid Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

Jordan Broberg

"Comparison of Surgical Techniques for an Anatomically Designed Total Knee Replacement"

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Matt Teeter - Medical Biophysics

Victor Carranza

"Development and Validation of a Finite Element Model to Simulate the Opening of a Medial Open Wedge High Tibial Osteotomy"

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Ryan Willing Mechanical and Materials Engineering

McKenzie Carter

"Mechanobiological changes in synovial inflammation after altered loading of the knee joint"

MSc
Mentor: Dr. Tom Appleton Physiology and Pharmacology

Dominique Cava

Development of an EMG-Assisted Neuromusculoskeletal Model to Measure Changes in Knee Joint Loading Patterns in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis Pre and Post High Tibial Osteotomy Surgery

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Trevor Birmingham Physical Therapy

Anastasia Codirenzi

Machine learning for high throughput damage scoring of failed joint replacements

MSc
Mentor: Dr. Matthew Teeter Biophysics

Joshua Cohen

Does regional muscle activation persist in the aged individual?

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Jayne Garland Physical Therapy

David Cunningham



MSc
Mentor: Dr. James Johnson Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Armaghan Dabbagh

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Online diagnosis and management

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Joy MacDermid Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Luigi Del Sordo

Impaired clearance of dead and dying cells: pain and joint outcomes in OA

MSc
Mentor: Dr. Tom Appleton Physiology & Pharmacology

Robert Dima

"3DUS for knee osteoarthritis: a validation project"

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Tom Appleton Physiology & Pharmacology

Callahan Doughty

Biomechanical Evaluation of Partial Injuries to the Superficial Medial Collateral Ligament

MSc
Mentor: Dr. Ryan Willing Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Carla du Toit

3D Ultrasound to Investigate Synovitis in 1st Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis Patients

MSc
Mentor: Dr. Emily Lalone Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Mohamad Fakhereddin

"The Genetics of Pain: A prospective cohort study exploring the association between key genetic markers and the development of chronic pain following injury"

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Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Cole Fleet

Treatment of Rotator Cuff Disease using a Novel Implant to Restore the Native Shoulder Lever System

MSc
Mentor: Dr. James Johnson Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Dale Fournier

"Radiographic and historical characterization of pathological mineralization of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH)"

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Cheryle Seguin Physiology & Pharmacology

Sarah From

Co-delivery of pro-regenerative cell populations in novel cell-assembled scaffolds for soft connective tissue regeneration

MSc
Mentor: Dr. Lauren Flynn Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Rochelle Furtado

"Measuring quality of life in patients with rotator cuff disorders"

MSc
Mentor: Dr. Joy MacDermid Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Alexandre Galley

Characterizing Total Knee Replacement Biomechanics using a Novel Muscle-Driven Joint Motion Simulator

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Ryan Willing Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Connor Gillis

Development of a rocking bioreactor system for ASC preconditioning for applications in adipose tissue regeneration

MSc
Mentor: Dr. Lauren Flynn Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

Qinli Guo

Effects of obesity and metabolic syndrome on synovial macrophage-mediated angiogenesis in osteoarthritis

MSc
Mentor: Dr. Tom Appleton Pharmacology and Physiology

Mohammad Haddara

"Experimental Simulation of Active Finger Joint Motion with 4D CT Visualization"

PhD Candidate
Biomedical Engineering

Raneem Haddara

Differences in lower-limb muscle forces and gait stability during perturbed walking between healthy pre- and post-menopausal females

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Mentor: Dr. Emily Lalone Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Ermina Hadzic

"The role of IL-15 in Osteoarthritis"

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Frank Beier Physiology and Pharmacology

Harvi Hart

"Gait retraining and foot orthoses for patellofemoral osteoarthritis: Effects on gait bomechanics, muscle recruitment and 3D weight-bearing imaging"

Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Mentor: Dr. Trevor Birmingham Physical Therapy

Katherine Henning

Running and Knee Osteoarthritis: Effects of Gait Modifications on Joint Load and Clinical Outcomes

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Trevor Birmingham Physical Therapyt

Khaled Marwan Hijazi

"Optimization of 3D-Printed Porous Titanium Constructs for Craniofacial Reconstruction"

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Amin Rizkalla Biomedical Engineering

Sydney Hitchon

Enhancing antibiotic drug elution in orthopaedic implants using 3D-printed titanium gyroid structures

MSc
Mentor: Dr. Ryan Willing Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Gregory Hong

"Improving MRI metal artifact near orthopedic implants"

PhD Candidate
Medical Biophysics

Jeffrey Hutchinson

"Investigating the effect of anabolic steroids on the intervertebral disc"

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Cheryle Seguin Physiology and Pharmacology

Katelyn Inch

Long Term Outcomes From the STABILITY Study Randomized Clinical Trial

MSc
Mentor: Dr. Dianne Bryant Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

Seva Ioussoufovitch

"Assessing Treatment Response in Rheumatoid Arthritis by Monitoring Joint Blood Flow"

PhD Candidate
Dr. Mamadou Diop Medical Biophysics

Morgan Jennings

"Validity and reliability of an e-visit for early post-operative visits following orthopaedic surgery"

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Dianne Bryant Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

Lauren Kelenc

The Acceptance of Robots in the Orthopaedic Joint Replacement Operating Room

MSc
Mentor: Dr. Dianne Bryant Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

Zachary Koudys



MSc
Mentor: Dr. Matthew Teeter Medical Biophysics

Jan Kwan



MSc
Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Gillies Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

Aliyu Lawan

"Etiopathogenesis of vertebral endplate defects and their association with the occurrence and severity of back pain"

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Michele Battie Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

Iryna Liubchak



MSc
Mentor: Dr. Aaron Price Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Alex Lizotte



MSc
Mentor: Dr. Ana Luisa Trejos Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ashley Lowndes

"Physiotherapist Referral Process at Discharge to Community Exercise Programs for Older Adult Patients with Hip/Knee OA, pre-/ post TJA, or Repaired Hip Fracture"

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Denise Connelly Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Edward Madou



PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Susan Hunter Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

Hana Marmura



PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Dianne Bryant Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

Melika Meshkat



MSc
Mentor: Dr. Matthew Grol Physiology & Pharmacology

Christopher Millward



MSc
Biomedical Engineering

Elizabeth Norman



PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Emily Lalone Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Holly Philpott

"Impact of pre-operative OA-associated synovitis on post-operative outcomes after total knee arthroplasty"

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Trevor Birmingham Physical Therapy

Ryan Pinto

"Gait Real-Time Analysis Interactive Lab: Reliability and Validity of Knee Joint Angles and Moments in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis"

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Trevor Birmingham Physical Therapy

Jennifer Polus

"Integrated analysis of function, activity, and implant fixation with different total hip arthroplasty surgical techniques and implant designs"

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Matthew Teeter Biophysics

Codie Primeau

"Clinical and Cost-effectiveness of an Alternative Rehabilitation Care Pathway following Total Knee Arthroplastyā€¯

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Jacquelyn Marsh Health & Rehab Sciences

Stephanie Reischl



PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Joy MacDermid Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

Debora Rossetti

"The Wear of Hemiarthroplasty Implants on Cartilage"

MSc
Biomedical Engineering

Sergio Salinas



PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Ana Luisa Trejos Electrical & Computer Engineering

Jenna Schulz

"Quantifying the Relationship between osteoarthritis and cerebrovascular deficits"

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Trevor Birmingbham Physical Therapy

Fiona Serack

"Development of a cell delivery strategy to modulate angiogenesis and inflammation in mechanically-dynamic soft connective tissues"

PhD Candidate
Biomedical Engineering

Jason Sora



MSc
Mentor: Dr. Jacquelyn Marsh Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

Gregory Spangenberg



MSc
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Langhor Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Lauren Straatman



PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Emily Lalone Mehcanical & Materials Engineering

Shahnaz Taleb



MSc
Mentor: Dr. Matthew Teeter Biophysics

Cintya Tavares



MSc
Mentor: Dr. Louis Ferreira Mechanical & Materials Engineering

McKenna Tosh



MSc
Mentor: Dr. Lauren Flynn Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

Shaemus Tracey



MSc
Mentor: Dr. Ana Luisa Trejos Electrical & Computer Engineering

Samira Vakili



PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Ryan Willing Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Joshua Vincent



Post Doctor Fellowship

Brent Wakefield

"Pannexin Channels 1 and 3 in Musculoskeletal Health and Disease"

PhD Candidate
Mentor: Dr. Silvia Penuela Anatomy and Cell Biology

Songlin Zhu



MSc
Mentor: Dr. James Johnson Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Christina Ziebart

Christina Ziebart

"An exercise, nutrition education and falls prevention education program for people with an osteoporotic wrist fracture"

PhD Candidate
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
cziebart@uwo.ca