Research

Research

Our research aims to reveal mechano-biological mechanisms by which physiotherapy (tendon mechanical loading) — independently or in combination with biologic agents — can promote healing of tendinopathies. We predict that a detailed understanding of this mechanism will translate into changes in clinical practice which can directly benefit the increasing population of individuals with pathologic heel, elbow and shoulder tendons.

Ongoing projects include:

  • In vivo approaches to examine mechanisms of tendinopathy
  • In vivo assessment of therapeutics (mechanical and/or biologic) for healing of tendinopathy
  • In vitro (tissue explant) investigations of mechanisms of tendinopathy
  • We perform research at the interfaces of tissue biomechanics, imaging, and biology
  • Our projects are rooted in collaborations with scientists within and outside of VT as well as with clinical faculty 
  • Many of our projects follow the theme of “Regenerative Rehabilitation”
  • Our group is part of Virginia Tech’s IGEP/Regenerative Medicine Program (http://www.regenmed.vetmed.vt.edu)