Wonderlust: Osteoarthritis & Cartilage — Move It or Lose It!
What happens when you combine mechanical engineering skills with facets of cell biology and chemistry to address the mobility-inhibiting disease osteoarthritis? New thinking and perhaps novel therapies. Recent evidence demonstrates that mechanical stresses and loads on joints cause cellular changes in cartilage. Understanding these changes is leading to new therapies and better outcomes for those of us suffering from osteoarthritis, the most common joint disease. (Yes, there will be a new prescription!)
Ron June received an undergraduate degree in Engineering Mechanics with Honors from Dartmouth College in 2002. He continued his studies, earning a PhD in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis in Orthopedic Biomechanics in 2007. He then completed postdoctoral studies in both Rheumatology and Molecular Cell Biology before starting his research and teaching program in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at Montana State University in 2011.