Musculoskeletal Health

Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health Researchers

Medical scientists affiliated with the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health, located at IU School of Medicine–Indianapolis, focus on the discovery and development of new treatments, cures, diagnostic tools, new technologies and preventative strategies to address the increasing burden of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders of bone, muscle, tendon, ligament and cartilage affecting patients of all ages. Faculty investigators from three Indiana University campuses, eight schools, and 19 academic departments who share an interest in bone and muscle research collaborate at the Center for Musculoskeletal Health to address the unknowns and issues of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders.

Center Director

Lynda Bonewald, PhD, was selected by the Indiana University School of Medicine to build the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health (ICMH) in 2016. Bonewald has a history in musculoskeletal research, having studied bone with a focus on osteocyte biology for more than 30 years. She has developed a 10-year strategic plan for the Center to advance musculoskeletal research leading to improved treatment of patients with musculoskeletal diseases and disorders.

Center Deputy Director

Monte Willis, MD, PhD, MBA, was selected by the Indiana University School of Medicine and the department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine to help lead the integration and growth of muscle and clinical research of the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health (ICMH) in 2018. Willis is a practicing board-certified clinical pathologist studying the role of muscle-specific proteins involved in protein quality control, proteotoxicity, and metabolism in muscle and cardiac diseases.

IU School of Medicine Members

The Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health harnesses the exceptional scientific talent already in place at IU School of Medicine, in conjunction with new recruited talent, to become an international leader in basic and translational musculoskeletal disease research, clinical research, trials and treatment, and in musculoskeletal education.

Matthew R. Allen, PhD

Matthew R. Allen, PhD

Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Marzieh M. Ardestani, PhD

Marzieh M. Ardestani, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Keith G. Avin, PhD

Keith G. Avin, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Research Professor of Medicine
Teresita M. Bellido, PhD

Teresita M. Bellido, PhD

Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology, & Physiology
Joseph P. Bidwell, PhD

Joseph P. Bidwell, PhD

Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology, & Physiology
Andrea Bonetto, PhD

Andrea Bonetto, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Jeff Brault

Jeff Brault

Associate Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
Angela Bruzzaniti, PhD

Angela Bruzzaniti, PhD

Associate Professor of Oral Biology, School of Dentistry
Neal X. Chen, MD, PhD

Neal X. Chen, MD, PhD

Associate Research Professor of Medicine
Zhenhui Chen, PhD

Zhenhui Chen, PhD

Associate Research Professor of Medicine
John M. Chirgwin, PhD

John M. Chirgwin, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Erica L. Clinkenbeard, PhD

Erica L. Clinkenbeard, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics
Jesus Delgado-Calle, PhD

Jesus Delgado-Calle, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Medicine
Linda A. DiMeglio, MA,  MD,  MPH

Linda A. DiMeglio, MA, MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics
Michael J. Econs, MD

Michael J. Econs, MD

Distinguished Professor
Anthony B. Firulli, PhD

Anthony B. Firulli, PhD

Carleton Buehl McCulloch Professor of Pediatrics
Tatiana Foroud, PhD

Tatiana Foroud, PhD

Chair, Department of Medical & Molecular Genetics
Robyn K. Fuchs, PhD

Robyn K. Fuchs, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Mark W. Geraci, MD

Mark W. Geraci, MD

Chair, Department of Medicine
Theresa A. Guise, MD

Theresa A. Guise, MD

Jerry W. and Peggy S. Throgmartin Professor of Oncology
Nilsson Holguin, PHD

Nilsson Holguin, PHD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
T G. Hornby, PhD

T G. Hornby, PhD

Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Kun Huang, PHD

Kun Huang, PHD

Assistant Dean for Data Sciences
Gary D. Hutchins, PhD

Gary D. Hutchins, PhD

John W. Beeler Professor of Radiology
Erik A. Imel, MD

Erik A. Imel, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Kathryn J. Jones, PhD

Kathryn J. Jones, PhD

Chair, Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
Melissa A. Kacena, PhD

Melissa A. Kacena, PhD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
NiCole R. Keith, PhD

NiCole R. Keith, PhD

Professor of Kinesiology
Yukiko Kitase, DDS

Yukiko Kitase, DDS

Assistant Research Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
Michael Kluppel, PhD

Michael Kluppel, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Leonidas G. Koniaris, MD

Leonidas G. Koniaris, MD

Professor of Surgery
Tatiana Y. Kostrominova, PhD

Tatiana Y. Kostrominova, PhD

Associate Professor of Anatomy,Cell Biology & Physiology
Noriyoshi Kurihara, PhD

Noriyoshi Kurihara, PhD

Senior Research Professor of Medicine
Bruce T. Lamb, PhD

Bruce T. Lamb, PhD

Executive Director, Paul and Carole Stark Neurosciences Research Institute
Jiliang Li, PhD

Jiliang Li, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
Ziyue Liu, MD

Ziyue Liu, MD

Associate Professor, School of Public Health
Yunlong Liu, PhD

Yunlong Liu, PhD

Professor of Medical & Molecular Genetics
Patrick J. Loehrer, MD

Patrick J. Loehrer, MD

Distinguished Professor
Larry W. Markham, MD,  MS

Larry W. Markham, MD, MS

Phillip Murray Professor of Pediatric Cardiology
Todd O. McKinley, MD

Todd O. McKinley, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Margaret A. McNulty, PhD

Margaret A. McNulty, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
R. Michael Meneghini, MD

R. Michael Meneghini, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery
Sharon M. Moe, MD

Sharon M. Moe, MD

Distinguished Professor
Khalid S. Mohammad, MD, PhD

Khalid S. Mohammad, MD, PhD

Senior Research Professor of Medicine
Ranjani N. Moorthi, MBBS

Ranjani N. Moorthi, MBBS

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Brian H. Mullis, MD

Brian H. Mullis, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Thomas M. O'Connell, PhD

Thomas M. O'Connell, PhD

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Jason Organ, PhD

Jason Organ, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
Fredrick M. Pavalko, PhD

Fredrick M. Pavalko, PhD

Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
Munro Peacock, MD,  DSC

Munro Peacock, MD, DSC

Professor of Medicine
Lilian I. Plotkin, PhD

Lilian I. Plotkin, PhD

Associate Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
Matt Prideaux, PhD

Matt Prideaux, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
Alexander G. Robling, PhD

Alexander G. Robling, PhD

Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
G. David D. Roodman, MD, PhD

G. David D. Roodman, MD, PhD

Kenneth Wiseman Professor of Medicine
Uma Sankar, PhD

Uma Sankar, PhD

Associate Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
Todd C. Skaar, PhD

Todd C. Skaar, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Lester J. Smith, PhD

Lester J. Smith, PhD

Assistant Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences
Edward F. Srour, PhD

Edward F. Srour, PhD

Robert J. and Annie S. Rohn Professor of Leukemia Research
Michael Sturek, MS,  PhD

Michael Sturek, MS, PhD

Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
Attaya Suvannasankha, MD

Attaya Suvannasankha, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
William R. Thompson, PhD

William R. Thompson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

Joseph Wallace, PhD

Joseph Wallace, PhD

Associate Professsor, School of Engineering & Technology
Stuart J. Warden, PhD

Stuart J. Warden, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
Kenneth E. White, PhD

Kenneth E. White, PhD

Chancellor's Professor
Monte S. Willis, MD PhD,  MBA

Monte S. Willis, MD PhD, MBA

Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
L D. Wurtz, MD

L D. Wurtz, MD

Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Hiroki Yokota, PhD

Hiroki Yokota, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
Teresa A. Zimmers, PhD

Teresa A. Zimmers, PhD

H.H. Gregg Professor of Cancer Research

Members in Other Schools at Indiana University

Rafael Bahamonde, PhD, Dean, Department of Kinesiology
Pei-Shiun Chang, PhD, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC,  Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Tien-Min Gabriel Chu, PhD, DDS, Associate Dean for Research, Department of Biomedical & Applied Sciences
Andrew Coggan, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology
Thomas Fisher, PhD, OTR, CCM, FAOTA, Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy
Monica Hubal, PhD, Professor, Department of Physical Education
Alan Mikesky, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Kinesiology
Niki Munk, PhD, LMT, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences
Yasuyoshi Ueki, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Dentistry
Diane Wagner, PhD, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Energy Engineering

Purdue University Members

Sarah Calve, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Wayne Campbell, PhD, Professor of Nutritional Science
Chad Carroll, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health & Kinesiology
Jie Chen, PhD, Chair and Professor of Mechanical and Energy Engineering
Marxa Figueiredo, PhD, Associate Professor, Basic Medical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine
James Fleet, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Department of Nutrition Science
Katie Gallant, PhD, Assistant Professor & Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
Dianne Little, BVSc, MSpVM, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
Russ Main, PhD, Associate Professor of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine

Marian University Members

Jonathan Lowery, PhD, Assistant Professor of Physiology, Osteopathic Medical School