Core B Director

Simon Tang, PhD

Orthopaedic Surgery

Focus: (1) understanding the effect of disease mechanisms on the structure-function relationships of skeletal tissues and (2) developing of translatable therapeutic and regenerative strategies for these diseases. The investigation of these scientific questions includes the application of finite element analyses, multiscale tissue mechanics, the functional imaging of skeletal tissues, and development of nanostructures and nanomaterials for regenerative medicine with in vitro and in vivo biological systems.

Associate Directors

Matthew Silva, PhD

Orthopaedic Surgery

Focus: Bone biomechanics and mechanobiology. Our lab focuses on two main questions.
1) How does mechanical loading stimulate bone formation?
2) How do bones heal after injury?

Gretchen Meyer, PhD

Physical Therapy & Neurology

Focus: changes at the molecular and cellular level in skeletal muscle and how they affect muscle structure and function.


James Fitzpatrick


Focus: the integration and application of multi-scale optical and charged particle imaging technologies — specifically, biological applications of ion microscopy, development of correlative 3D light and electron microscopy approaches, and new computational tools to visualize and manipulate large-scale multi-dimensional datasets.

Technical Staff

Administrative Coordinator

Kamilla McGhee

Administrative Coordinator

Research Administrator

Tonia Thompson

Research Administrator