UCLA Regenerative Musculoskeletal Medicine Training Program

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The UCLA faculty for this training program are listed below along with their respective areas of research concentration and intellectual excellence. Trainees working with these faculty are not limited to these thematic groups nor are trainees limited to these faculty. The training program is dynamic and benefits from the incorporation of additional members, thus, potential faculty are urged to contact one of the Training Program Directors, John S. Adams or Karen M. Lyons, for more information.

John S. Adams, MD

John S. Adams, MD

Basic and translational aspects of vitamin D synthesis, metabolism and molecular mode of action in the skeleton and extraskeletal tissues

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Kristina I. Bostrom, MD, PhD

The role of bone morphogenetic proteins and their inhibitors in vascular disease

Alex Bui

Alex Bui, PhD

Stats/methods/informatics; stats/methods/informatics - information science; education

Genong Cheng, PhD

Genong Cheng, PhD

Host immune and inflammatory responses to infections, cancers and metabolic challenges

Daniel Cohn, PhD

Daniel Cohn, PhD

Genetic basis and mechanisms of disease in human skeletal disorders

Gay M. Crooks, MD

Gay M. Crooks, MD

Identify and functionally define human hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells

Rachelle Crosbie

Rachelle Crosbie-Watson, PhD

Development of therapies aimed at increasing utrophin, which functionally replaces dystrophin, and testing these therapies in both preclinical and clinical trials as potential treatments for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

Linda Demer, PhD

Linda Demer, PhD

Cardiovascular biomineralization and effects of oxidized lipids on osteoporosis

Dino DiCarlo, PhD

Dino DiCarlo, PhD

The potential for automation associated with miniaturized systems for applications in basic biology, medical diagnostics, and cellular engineering

James Dunn, M.D., Ph.D.

James Dunn, MD, PhD

Tissue engineering of internal organs

Luisa Iruela-Arispe

Luisa Iruela-Arispe, PhD

Developmental vascular biology & pathological neovascularization

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Daniel Kamei, PhD

Engineering intracellular trafficking pathways to give rise to desired cellular responses

Deborah Krakow, MD

Deborah Krakow, MD

Identifying the disease genes and biologic mechanisms leading to the inherited osteochondrodysplasia

Aldons Lusis, PhD

Aldons Lusis, PhD

Identification and analysis of genes and networks contributing to common forms of cardiovascular, metabolic and skeletal diseases

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Karen Lyons, PhD

Development of musculoskeletal tissues

David R. McAllister, MD

David R. McAllister, MD

Research efforts concentrate on knee ligament injuries and developing new strategies that could ultimately lead to improvements in clinical care for patients with these injuries

Carrie Miceli, PhD

Carrie Miceli, PhD

Interest is in organizers of the T cell: APC contact and TCR activation complex which are differentially involved in activation of developmentally distinct T cell subsets

Jeff Miller, PhD

Jeff F Miller, PhD

Molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and the evolution of functional diversity in bacteria and phage.

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Stanley F. Nelson, MD

Genomic approaches towards the study of complex human diseases to discover genetic variants that underlie attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, glioblastoma, and Duchenne muscular dystrophy

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Matteo Pelligrini, PhD

Combining statistics, computer science, biology, and genetics to better understand stem cells, focusing on the development of computational approaches to interpret genomic data allowing the development of large-scale models of transcriptional and epigenetic regulation

April Pyle, PhD

April Pyle, PhD

Pluripotent stem cell survival, self-renewal and differentiation

Tatiana Segura, PhD

Tatiana Segura, PhD

Generating hydrogel biomaterials to support the formation of a reparative niche within diseased or injured sites

Chia Soo, MD

Chia Soo, MD

Bone and skin regenerative medicine research utilizing tissue engineering technologies

Melissa-Spencer

Melissa J Spencer, PhD

Understanding pathogenic mechanisms in the muscular dystrophies

James G. Tidball, PhD

James G. Tidball, PhD

Investigations into the pathophysiology of muscular dystrophy and studies of mechanisms through which myeloid cells modulate muscle injury, disease and regeneration

Yin Tintut, PhD

Yin Tintut, PhD

Regulatory mechanisms of inflammatory lipids on anabolic parathyroid hormone signaling in bone cells

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Peter Tontonoz, MD, PhD

The regulation of gene expression by nuclear receptors and the relationship of these signaling pathways to human diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and atherosclerosis

Yi Xing, PhD

Yi Xing, PhD

Bioinformatics, genomics, RNA biology