Summer Blog Series from the Killian Lab

Welcome to our first-ever summer writing project! I am excited to share a few snippets from the different voices of our lab. What to expect: We'll be featuring student-authored blog posts from graduate students, undergraduate scholars, and high school researchers. These posts will range from "how-to" checklists, to interviews with some of our lab members, as well as perspectives on personal experiences related to research and professional development. Target audience: Anyone who wants to learn more about life and interests of the individuals working in an academic lab, particularly one that is integrative across multiple disciplines. When to expect the posts: We'll roll out the posts throughout the summer and into fall, so check back in to our website often for some fresh perspectives.

Beth Lemmon receives DE INBRE Summer Scholars Fellowship

Congratulations to Beth Lemmon, a rising senior in our group, on receiving one of the prestigious spots as a 2017 Delaware INBRE Summer Scholar! Beth will spend this summer continuing work on her independent project studying the healing response of partial width tendon-bone defects in the rat rotator cuff.

New review published in ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering

Ryan Locke (1st year PhD student in Dr. Killian's lab) and Professor Killian co-authored a review, published in ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, on the multiscale, morphological, and mechanical characteristics of the fibrocartilage attachment. This review discusses historical and recent clinical approaches to treating enthesis injury and explores new technological advancements in tissue-engineered biomaterials that have shown promise … Continue reading New review published in ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering

Professor Killian receives IREK12 Career Development Award

Dr Killian has been selected as a scholar for the Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Engineering Career Development Program (IREK12) in Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, which operates out of Northwestern University. Killian’s research will focus on rotator cuff tears, a common orthopedic problem that leads to shoulder pain, dysfunction and degeneration. More info can be found here:

New paper from Killianlab: Role of Scleraxis in fracture healing

Recently published work from the Killian Lab describes the role of Scleraxis in the formation of a symmetric callus following long bone fracture. The paper, titled: "Loss of scleraxis in mice leads to geometric and structural changes in cortical bone, as well as asymmetry in fracture healing," was accepted for publication in The FASEB Journal. Authors … Continue reading New paper from Killianlab: Role of Scleraxis in fracture healing

Recent funding award from UDRF

Dr. Killian recently received funding from the University of Delaware Research Foundation to identify the role of chondrogenesis, driven by fibroblast growth factor 18, in tendon-to-bone attachment maturation and healing. This research will support graduate level work in basic and translational musculoskeletal research.

Killian lab receives Delaware Rehab Institute OA Pilot Grant funding

The Killian Lab recently received a COBRE Osteoarthritis Pilot Grant from the NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (NIH P30-GM103333) and Delaware Rehabilitation Institute to study the role of fibroblast growth factor 18 (FGF18) and muscle loading on the maturation of orthopaedic joints and attachments.  Congratulations!

Congratulations, Emily Hudson- 2016 Delaware INBRE Summer Scholar

Congratulations to Emily Hudson (rising CANR senior), who recently completed the INBRE Summer Scholars program in the Killian Lab. Emily's project focused on identifying the role of FGF ligands and Scleraxis-lineage cells in brain development and adult motor function. Her project utilized novel genetically modified mouse models, histological techniques, micro-computed tomography, molecular assays, and behavioral tests to identify how targeted … Continue reading Congratulations, Emily Hudson- 2016 Delaware INBRE Summer Scholar

New paper published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research

New work from the Killian Lab, in collaboration with Washington University and Imperial College London, on hip muscle imbalance during postnatal growth was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research. Abstract: The mechanical loading environment influences the development and maturation of joints. In this study, the influence of imbalanced muscular loading on joint … Continue reading New paper published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research

Summer Scholars in the Killian Lab

This year, four undergraduate students have received funding to do summer research in the Killian Lab. Emily Hudson: Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research (INBRE) Summer Scholar, supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS) Emily is a rising UD senior in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) studying Animal Biosciences. Emily's project focuses on identifying … Continue reading Summer Scholars in the Killian Lab