TMJ Biology and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory
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Research at the Laboratory of TMJ Biology and Regenerative Medicine has identified TMJ stem cells or termed fibrocartilage stem cells that spontaneously regenerate cartilage and bone when transplanted in vivo. Our efforts are dedicated to deciphering the key players comprising the TMJ stem cell niche and regulatory pathways that are critical for TMJ stem cell fate specification during development. Lessons learned from the fundamental biological concepts discovered in our lab are used to dissect the molecular underpinnings gone awry during TMJ disease pathogenesis. Collectively, we use our basic and pathological scientific findings to serve as the foundation and building blocks essential for developing regenerative medicinal strategies to treat musculoskeletal disease, such as temporomandibular disorders and osteoarthritis.
Postdoctoral Research Scientist