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Seminar Series

Regenerative and Rehabilitation Sciences Seminar Series 

January – May 2023  

All seminars are held Wednesdays at noon (CST) via ZOOM 



Francesco Carli, MD, MPhil, FRCA, FRCPC
Professor of Anesthesia, McGill University Montreal, Canada
Prehabilitation for the surgical patient
Dr. Leon Bellan
Associate Professor, Biomedical & Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University

Top-down Engineering of Functional Microvasculature in Hydrogels

Genevieve Lambert
Biomedical Sciences PhD student – Regenerative and Rehabilitation Sciences Track
Advisor Kirsten Ness, PT PhD
Epidemiology & Cancer Control Department, St. Jude

Infection and Immune Function in Childhood Cancer Survivors: Systematic Review


Yaya Zhang
Biomedical Sciences PhD Student – Molecular and Translational Physiology Track
Advisor: James Kang, PhD
Professor, College of Graduate Health Sciences
A Design, Development, and Evaluation of Bio-Patch for Myocardial Tissue Repair
Bradley Gordon, PhD
Assistant Professor, Nutrition, Food & Exercise Sciences Florida State University
SIRT1 is a novel androgen transducer regulating limb muscle mass and metabolism in males
Dr. Hongsik Cho
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering College of Medicine, UTHSC
Biological Therapeutic Strategy for Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis
Djamel Lebeche, PhD
Professor, Physiology Department, College of Medicine, UTHSC
Molecular and Functional Studies of ADIPOR1 Variants in Cardiomyopathy
Dr. Nick Willett Associate
Professor, Associate Director, Oregon site for Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance Knight Campus, University of Oregon
Portland VA Medical Center, Oregon Health Sciences University
Regenerative Engineering and Rehabilitation for Musculoskeletal Injury and Disease
Joe Chakkalakal
Associate Professor, Duke University School of Medicine
Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Cell Biology Orthopaedic, Developmental, and Genome Laboratories
Pediatric Radiation-induced Genotoxic Stress and Sarcopenia
Wenjing Zhang, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, Genomics & Informatics College of Medicine, UTHSC
Copper regulation of HIF-1 activity in ischemic heart disease
Amber Jennings, PhD
R. Eugene Smith Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Memphis
Modified Chitosan Biomaterials for Biofilm-based Infection Prevention and Treatment
Peter Ferrandi, PhD Candidate, Biomedical Sciences Program, UTHSC Regeneration & Rehabilitation Sciences Track – J. Mohamed Advisor
The Role of Sirtuin-2 in Myogenesis
Jessica Halle, PhD Candidate, Biomedical Sciences Program, UTHSC Regeneration & Rehabilitation Sciences Track – J. Carson Advisor

AMPK Signaling’s Role in Disrupted Muscle Metabolism during FOLFOX Chemotherapy Treatment and Recovery


Past Series


September - December 2022
Understanding and Expanding Your Research Impact
Jess Newman, MSIS
Assistant Professor, Research Data and Scholarly Communication Lead UTHSC
Lysophosphatidic Acid Regulation of Somatic and Cancer Stem Cells
Gabor Tigyi, MD, PhD
Harriet Van Vleet Endowment Professor, Department of Physiology
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Global Cooperation and Industry Relations, UTHSC
mTOR and BMP Control of Serum induced Myotube hypertrophy: A role for autophagy regulation
Quan Zhang, PhD
RRS PhD student, James Carson Advisor
Engineering and Delivery of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Derived Extracellular Vesicles for Bone Repair
Sriram Ravindran, PhD
Associate Professor, Oral Biology, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois Chicago 


Muscle Activation Patterns during Active External Rotation after Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: An Electrophysiological Study of the Teres Minor and Associated Musculature
Alexis Nelson MS
RRS PhD student, Dr. Mihalko mentor
UTMC Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine: Past, present, and my pipedream for the future
Stacy Stephenson, MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, UT Knoxville Graduate School of Medicine
Effects of L-Citrulline Supplementation and Low-Intensity Resistance Exercise Training on Vascular Function, Body Composition, and Muscle Strength in Hypertensive Postmenopausal Women
Arun Maharaj, PhD
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Myonuclei can replicate
Benjamin F. Miller, PhD
Member, Aging and Metabolism Research Program Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF)
Research Scientist, Oklahoma City VA
Oklahoma Nathan Shock Center, and Harold Hamm Diabetes Center 
Gait analysis in pediatric patients with neuromuscular disorders or bone deformities
Louis-Nicolas Veilleux, PhD
Principal Investigator-Coordinator, Motion Analysis Center; Shriners Hospital for Children-Canada, Montréal, Qc
Adjunct Professor, Department of Surgery, McGill University 
Healthy Long-Lived Human Beings - It Is the Time to Talk About the Principal Law of Lifespan (PLOSP)
Weikuan Gu, PhD
Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering UTHSC
Physical activity - for recovery after cancer surgery, cancer prevention and survival, and for childhood cancer survivors
Aron Onerup, MD, PhD
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Regenerative Engineering and Rehabilitation for Musculoskeletal Injury and Disease
Dr. Nick Willett
Associate Professor, Oregon Health Sciences University
Associate Director, Oregon site for Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance Knight Campus, University of Oregon
Portland VA Medical Center
Investigating Proximal Muscle Strength Effects by Incorporating Proximal Muscle Lengthening
LaToya Green, PT, DPT, EdD, Cert. DN
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy UTHSC
February - May 2022
TennIRM Annual Research Symposium
Interventional and Cellular Therapies for Post-traumatic Osteoarthritis
Dr. Karen Hasty, George Thomas Wilhelm Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, UTHSC
VA Career Scientist


Graduate Student Professional Development: Beyond a proposal, designing an impactful, innovative, and rigorous research study
James Carson, PhD
Professor, Regenerative and Rehabilitation Sciences, UTHSC
The Immune System in Regenerative Medicine
Dr. Jennifer Elisseeff
Morton F. Goldberg Endowed Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Physical fitness and exercise prescription in pediatric heart transplant
Dr. Webb Smith
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Peds Obesity, College of Medicine, UTHSC
Multidisciplinary Approach to Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering: Current Status at University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. Madhu Dhar
Professor, UTK College of Veterinary Medicine Director, Large Animal Regenerative Medicine Program
Mitochondria and Genetics with Aging
Dr. David Ashbrook
Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, Genomics, & Informatics, College of Medicine, UTHSC
Bioengineering Strategies to Regenerate and Rehabilitate Skeletal Muscle Following Trauma
Dr. Koyal Garg
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, Saint Louis University
The Role of PC1/PC2 Complex in Adipocyte Metabolism
Dr. Zhousheng Xiao
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, UTHSC College of Medicine
Induced Pluripotent Stem cells in Regenerative Therapy
Dr. Rajasingh Johnson
Associate Professor, Department of Bioscience Research, UTHSC
Stem Cells and Skeletal Muscle Regeneration
Dr. Shihuan Kuang
Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, Purdue University
Regenerative Medicine: Current Concepts and Changing Trends
Dr. Anthony Atala
W. Boyce Professor and Chair of Urology
Director, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Role of TXNIP in Brain Aging and Alzheimer's Disease
Dr. Tauheed Ishrat
Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, UTHSC
Oral Stem Cells for Dental and Medical Applications
Dr. George Huang
Professor of Bioscience Research, UTHSC


Novel Strategies to Attenuate Obesity and Regulatory T Cells (Tregs) Expansion
Dr. Udai Singh
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UTHSC


Metacells: Redesigning Living Cells as Therapeutic Delivery Systems
Dr. Farshid Guilak
Mildred B. Simon Research Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Bioengineering, Washington University


Apr 5, 2023