R03 awarded to develop tools for controlling rotator cuff muscle activation using light

The Killian Lab recently received funding from the National Institutes of Health (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) to develop in vivo optogenetics tools for the control of skeletal muscle contraction. We will use these tools to identify the role that increased muscle loading plays on enthesis maturation during postnatal … Continue reading R03 awarded to develop tools for controlling rotator cuff muscle activation using light

Art in Science

This year's Art in Science features work from the Killian lab, submitted by our graduate student, Ryan Locke! Join us on Opening Night at Blue Ball Barn in Wilmington, DE where the artwork will be on display from May 4th through June 1st. Opening Night will be on Friday, May 4th from 5:30PM – 8:30PM for the Art in Science Meet the Artist Event. This is … Continue reading Art in Science

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.

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

Graduate student, Ryan Locke, presents research at CBER Symposium on National Biomechanics Day

Killian Lab graduate student, Ryan Locke, presented research on femoroacetabular bone morphometry at the 13th Annual UD Center for Biomechanics Research Symposium on April 7th. CBER Day included interdisciplinary research from the College of Engineering, College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Science, and AI DuPont Hospital. Congratulations, Ryan!

Undergraduate Elisabeth (Beth) Lemmon wins Delaware Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Tuition Award

Beth Lemmon (CANR undergraduate) received the 2016-2017 Undergraduate Tuition Award from the Delaware Space Grant Consortium, supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. Ms. Lemmon will continue her research efforts in the killianlab this fall. Congratulations, Beth!