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Catherine Ambrose, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
E-mail: Catherine.G.Ambrose@uth.tmc.edu

Dr. Ambrose's research interests focus on orthopaedic biomaterials, both synthetic and natural. Her research includes biocompatibility of materials and their interactions with bacteria; and the mechanical properties of synthetic biomaterials, and healthy and diseased musculoskeletal tissues.

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Xiaohong Bi, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor, Department of Nanomedicine and Biomedical Engineering
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
E-mail: Xiaohong.Bi@uth.tmc.edu

My laboratory studies the alterations of bone material properties associated with aging, disease, metastasis, and therapeutical therapy.

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Laura A. Smith Callahan, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery & Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
E-mail: Laura.A.SmithCallahan@uth.tmc.edu

My research program focuses on the development of functionalized biomaterials for use as tissue engineering scaffolds and to study cell material. We utilize gradient material approaches to determine the optimal material properties in order to design scaffolds for the study and treatment of injuries to the central nervous system and skeletal systems.

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Raymond J. Grill, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology; Director of the Cytodynamic Imaging Center
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
E-mail: Raymond.J.Grill@uth.tmc.edu

My interests include the study of aberrant bone dynamics following CNS trauma. Specifically, I am interested in exploring both spinal cord injury -and traumatic brain injury-induced osteoporosis as well as heterotopic ossification.

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Mary C. "Cindy" Farach-Carson, Ph.D.

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Professor; Director of Clinical & Translational Research
Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
School of Dentistry
Email: mary.c.farachcarson@uth.tmc.edu

Dr. Farach-Carson's research relates to the role of extracellular matrix in the progression of cancer following metastasis from primary sites, such as prostate or breast, to bone.

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Jacqueline T. Hecht, Ph.D.

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Professor & Division Head, Pediatric Research Center, Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics, UT Health Medical School; Associate Dean for Research, UT Health School of Dentistry
E-mail: Jacqueline.T.Hecht@uth.tmc.edu

Two research areas in the Hecht laboratory include 1) defining the chondrocyte pathology associated with mutations in COMP in a mouse model and evaluating therapeutic interventions and 2) identifying the genetic determinants of nonsyndromic cleft lip and palate and translating these findings in animal models.