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Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Amy Creecy Amy Creecy

Ph. D., Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 2018
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2011
Email: acreecy@iu.edu

Research: Current research interests include osteocyte perilacunar remodeling and the contribution of collagen to fracture resistance and how these are altered with disease, loading and drug treatment in in vivo models.

Rachel Surowiec Rachel Surowiec

Ph. D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2019
M.S., Biomechanics, Ball State University, 2011
B.S., Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Ball State University, 2009
Email: rksurowi@iu.edu

Research: My research interests reside at the intersection of bone biology and imaging. I am particularly interested in applying non-invasive and non-destructive imaging techniques combined with molecular and mechanical tools to assess tissue-level mechanisms responsible for disease onset and in response to therapeutic intervention. My research focus will aim to define mechanisms associated bone matrix water loss and identify interventions to efficaciously normalize hydration and improve bone material properties while concurrently defining imaging approaches that can monitor hydration alterations in vivo.

Andy Tomaschke Andy Tomaschke

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, 2022
M.S., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Colorado, 2019
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo, 2011
Email: atomasch@iu.edu

Research: My research interests are centered on the microscale mechanical characterization of biological tissues and biomimetic materials. Accurate characterization of these types of materials is critical to understanding the influence of different pathologies on tissues mechanical properties, as well as developing novel therapeutic treatments (e.g., tissue engineering scaffolds for cartilage repair).

Previous Postdocs

Claudia Medeiros Cláudia Medeiros

Ph. D., Biology, Boston College, 2016
M.S., Molecualr and Cell Biology, University of Connecticut, 2010 B.S., Biological Science, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, Brazil, 2003
Email: clmedeir@iu.edu

Research: I am an avid reader and traveler. In research, I am interested in cell signaling, gene regulation and Mendelian phenotypes. Prior to joining the Wallace lab, my research focused on drug discovery and mitochondria dysfunction. In the Wallace lab, I will explore how bioenergetic needs change in response to reduction of bone integrity in disease. Through mechanical loading, the Wallace lab has identified potential interventions to improve bone quality by improving components of bone matrix, mainly collagen. Using a cutting-edge approach of engineering, molecular and biochemical tools for manipulating bone cell signaling and matrix, I will determine how mechanical loading can regulate bone cell signaling and change the bioenergetic needs in bone cells. The work will advance our understanding of how mitochondria dysfunction is associated to bone disease elucidating key components of this pathophysiological mechanism. The long-term goal of this study is to develop novel strategies for treating metabolic bone disorders.

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