Michael Mienaltowski, DVM, PhD (Principal Investigator):

BS, Zoology: Cellular & Developmental Biology, Michigan State University (1999); DVM, Michigan State University (2004); PhD, Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky (2008); Post-doctoral research, Depts of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology, and Pathology & Cell Biology at the Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida (2008-2014).

My primary research interests are based in the development, maturation, and repair of musculoskeletal tissues. Past efforts have been focused on articular cartilage and tendon, particularly on how phenotypes for cells like chondrocytes, bone marrow stromal cells, and tendon peritenon- and tendon proper-derived progenitor cells differ by niche, or surrounding environment. Additionally, because collagen assembly and organization are important to functionally sound musculoskeletal tissue, my research interests include the examination of how collagen fibrillogenesis might be manipulated to achieve optimal recovery of tissues with repair. The ultimate goal is to determine if alterations in niche components and organization and/or interacting cell physiology can lead to alterations in repair pathways or tissue engineering strategies to prevent and treat musculoskeletal injury.  Additionally, I have become interested in the effects of diet on growth; projects on this topic generally relate to to foal health as its grows in its first eight months of life as well as broiler muscle growth from starting to market weight.  Office: 2211 Meyer Hall, UC Davis Campus. Phone: (530) 207-3226. Email: mjmienaltowski@ucdavis.edu

 

Staff:

Jack Henderson, Staff Research Associate

Email: jdhenderson@ucdavis.edu

 

Ubaldo De La Torre, Junior Specialist

Areas of study: Foal and mare microbial populations, genomics

Current Graduate Students:

Monica Pechanec (PhD Student), Animal Biology Graduate Group

Email: mpechanec@ucdavis.edu

Areas of study: Equine tendon regeneration

 

 

 

Current Undergraduate Students:

Ashley Belt, Animal Science

Lab member since Winter 2018

Area of study: Utilization of Psyllium as a Preventative for Sand Colic

 

Tannah Boyd, Animal Science

Lab member since Spring 2018

Areas of Study: Utilization of Psyllium as a Preventative for Sand Colic, Tendon Formation

 

 

 

Carissa Garrity, Animal Science

Lab member since Spring 2018

Areas of Study: Microbial Genomics,  Functional Genomics of Tendon, White Striping in Broilers

 

 

Oona Vanhatalo, Animal Science

Lab member since Winter 2019

Areas of study: White Striping in Broilers

 

 

 

Lab Alumni Students:

Angela Hampton, B.S., Animal Science, currently veterinary student at UIUC

Lab member 2015-2018

Areas of study: Tendon stem/progenitor housekeeping gene stability, broiler muscle biology

 

 

 

Brenna Sullivan, Undergraduate, Animal Science, currently veterinary student at UIUC

Lab member 2015-2017

Areas of study: Retina physiology and functional genomics

 

Elenamarie O’Malley, B.S., Animal Science

Lab member 2016

Areas of study: Foal fecal microbiome

 

Valerie Fates, B.S.,  Animal Science, currently veterinary student at UC Davis

Lab member 2016-2017

Areas of study: Tendon and peritenon stem/progenitors, tissue engineering, aging

 

 

Natalia Sachs, Undergraduate, Animal Science, currently veterinary student at UC Davis

Lab member 2016-2017

Areas of study: Broiler muscle biology