Deepak Vashishth, Ph.D.

  Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering


Research Overview

Orthopaedic Biomechanics

As medical advances continue to extend the duration of life, the quality of extended life is becoming a critical issue. Musculoskeletal well being of an aging individual is a key factor that contributes towards the quality of life by directly affecting the mobility and ability of an individual to carry out daily tasks. Orthopaedic biomechanics laboratory uses a combination of cellular and tissue level approaches to:

  1. Identify age-related changes in the biological and mechanical characteristics of the skeletal tissues

  2. Develop microenvironments conducive to regeneration of lost or damaged matrix

Current research areas include: Biology and mechanics of Hard Tissue, Cellular control of tissue growth and development, Mechanobiology of Skeletal Tissue Regeneration, Fatigue fractures of long bones.

We work in close collaboration with several laboratories including the Bone and Joint Center at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI, the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at Albany Medical College and the New York State Department of Public Health - Wadsworth Center.

Current research facilities include: an axial-torsional servo-hydraulic machine (MTS Mini-Bionix II Model 858) interfaced a dedicated controller and computer (Dell GX1p Optiplex 500 MHz Pentium II processor), tissue preparation machines (Denford-Micromill CNC milling machine; Emco Compact 5 Lathe; Drill press; Isomet 11-180 low speed saw and Handimet I 38-1471 strip grinder), microscopes [Zeiss Photomicroscope III, NORAN Oz and Bio-Rad MRC-600 confocal systems at Wadsworth; Scanning and transmission electron microscopes at RPI centralized facility] and in vitro cell culture systems.•



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