• Mechanical Engineering student Nick Diggins examining micro-CT image of a surface scaffold

    Mechanical Engineering student Nick Diggins examines a total surface scaffold µCT image

  • Physiology major Stephanie Valenzuela evaluating stem cells used for cartilage growth

    Physiology major Stephanie Valenzuela evaluating stem cells used for cartilage growth

  • Biosystems Engineering student Danielle Larson designing a human 3D printable scaffold

    Biosystems Engineering student Danielle Larson designing a human 3D printable scaffold

  • Undergraduate Jesus Lopez examining bone cross section

    Undergraduate Jesus Lopez examining a florescence image of newly forming bone

  • Cory and Caramello Feeding Cells

    Undergraduates Cory Benjamin and Carmelo Moraila feeding stem cells

  • Kwadjo Walker, David Gonzales and Laura Hacker

    David Gonzales explains scaffold design to Kwadjo Walker and Laura Hacker

  • Breanna and Marysol Examining Tissue Engineered Cartilage

    Biomedical Engineering students Breanna Duffy and Marysol Luna examining tissue engineered cartilage

  • Engineered Cartilage

    Engineered cartilage adjacent to native cartilage on a synthetic scaffold

  • Orthopaedic Resident Kim Frankie taking measurements of a femur for a scaffold design

    Orthopaedic Resident Kim Frankie taking measurements of a femur for a scaffold design

  • Orthopaedic Research Lab Students

    Orthopaedic Research Lab Students, Staff and the PI

Szivek Lab Home Page

Dr. Szivek's goal in the Orthopaedic Research Lab, dedicted to lab founder Dr. Robert G. Volz, is to develop a clear understanding of the relationship between activity (measured using implantable sensors and radio telemetry) and musculoskeletal tissue formation (measured using µCT and histology).  This information is being used to develop cartilage and bone regeneration therapies.  These thereapies include the use of synthetic scaffolds, proteins and endogenous adult stem cells.  Current results indicate rapid tissue repair and regeneration is possible when the understanding of these interactions are used to design clinical therapies.