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2021

August 25, 2021: Ethan, Molly, Claire, and Jason have their abstracts for presentation at the upcoming 2021 BMES Annual Meeting! Ethan and Molly will be presenting podium talks during the REU summer session. Claire will be presenting a poster on her summer research in the Roche Lab at MIT during the REU summer session. Congratulations to all!

July 29, 2021: Claire was awarded a Serve in Place Fund from the Cornell Office of Engagement Initiatives to develop and produce community-engaged learning activities focused STEM outreach videos for high school students interested in pursuing engineering. Congratulations Claire!

July 14, 2021: Lainie was awarded a two-year Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS)-Cornell T32 Combined Engineering and Orthopaedics Training Grant! Congratulations Lainie!

July 7, 2021: Molly was awarded the Sterry Career Exploration Award from Cornell Diversity Programs in Engineering to support her research project under Jason in the NAP Lab. Congratulations Molly!

June 7, 2021: Molly and Claire were selected as undergraduate program assistants for Cornell Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE)’s CURIE Academy summer program! A full circle moment for Molly, who is an alumna of the 2019 CURIE Academy summer program hosted by our lab! Congratulations Molly and Claire!

May 25, 2021: Jason received the Cornell Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) Ephrahim Garcia Graduate Excellence in Mentoring Award. Congratulations Jason!

May 14, 2021: Jason and Moni were spotlighted in the ORS Tendon Times Newsletter as part of their 2021 Podium and Poster Awards!

May 14, 2021: Maggie was awarded the Exemplary Service Award – Early Career from Cornell’s Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement (OISE) and the Graduate and Professional Student Diversity Council (GPS DC). Congratulations Maggie!

May 13, 2021: PhD commitment! Shreya will be attending the University of Colorado Boulder’s PhD program in mechanical engineering. Congratulations Shreya!

May 10-11, 2021: Claire was selected to attend the PhD Recruiting Bootcamp hosted by the University of Michigan Department of Biomedical Engineering. Congratulations Claire!

May 10, 2021: Garrett received The 2020-2021 Ruthanna Wood Davis Award for Academic Achievement in Nutritional Sciences, an honor presented annually to a junior in the College of Human Ecology with the highest cumulative grade point average in the Division of Nutritional Sciences. Congratulations Garrett!

May 7, 2021: Shreya and Garrett were invited as finalists for the 2021 Cornell Undergraduate Research Board (CURB) Spring Symposium! Shreya presented her senior thesis entitled “Enzymatic Depletion Highlights Elastin’s Role in Fatigue Damage” that she conducted under Moni’s supervision. Garrett presented his research entitled “Chromatin Patterns Distinguish Breast Tumor Subtypes and Progression Stages in Association with ANP32E Levels” that he conducted at the University of Rochester, which won the Life Sciences division! Congratulations Shreya and Garrett!

April 29, 2021: Moni’s and Patrick’s review paper “The role of the tendon ECM in mechanotransduction: disruption and repair following overuse” was accepted for publication in Connective Tissue Research! Congratulations Moni and Patrick!

April 29, 2021: Justin received a Cornell Engineering Summer 2021 ELI Award to support his research project under Moni in the NAP Lab. Congratulations Justin!

April 21, 2021: Jason was invited to present his research at the European ORS (EORS) Hybrid Meeting this September! Jason was selected as the first-author on the highest-scoring presentation from the 2021 ORS Annual Meeting Tendon Section podium competition. He will be presenting as part of the ORS Guest Nation Symposium where each ORS Section will submit one presentation for the EORS Meeting. Congratulations Jason!

April 20, 2021: Jason was invited to serve as the guest speaker for the “Breaking Down Barriers: A Workshop on Advocacy for Underrepresented Students” event hosted by the Cornell Advocacy Project and Cornell Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI)! Check out The Cornell Daily Sun article about his participation in this workshop.

April 17, 2021: Ethan presented his first research talk at the 2021 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) St. Lawrence Section Conference. His presentation entitled “Proteomics-based Comparative Mapping of Regenerative Tendon Cell-Derived Secretomes Under Static and Dynamic Culture” overviewed his work on developing a bioinformatics analysis pipeline supported by a Fall 2020 ELI Award. Congratulations Ethan!

March 27, 2021: Jason was featured in a guest article by Cornell Engineering Learning Initiatives (ELI) and the Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI) titled “Becoming Teachers: Engineering graduate students reflect on their diverse professional journeys at Cornell.” In the article, Jason reflects on his professional journey at Cornell and his experience as a CTI Graduate Fellow. Congratulations Jason!

February 12-16, 2021: The NAP Lab attended the virtual ORS Annual Meeting! Rebecca, Moni, Patrick, Jason, and Maggie all presented their posters and podiums. Maggie also presented her poster during the “Student/Trainee Short Talks” session at the Tendon Section Meeting. Rebecca, Moni, Patrick, and Jason were all finalists for Tendon Section presentation awards, with Moni receiving a Tendon Section Poster Award and Jason receiving a Tendon Section Podium Award. Congratulations to everyone! Go Team!

January 11, 2021: The NAP Lab received received a notice of award for a grant entitled “A Multiscale Investigation of Fatigue Induced Damage Progression in Tendon” from the NSF. Professor Andarawis-Puri is a Co-Principal Investigator on this collaborative project with Professor Nikolaos Bouklas (Principal Investigator, Cornell MAE) and Professor Jingjie Yeo (Co-Principal Investigator, MAE). Congratulations to everyone!

2020

December 23, 2020: Maggie was featured in a graduate student spotlight by Cornell Engineering!

December 23, 2020: Claire received a Cornell Engineering Spring 2021 ELI Award funded by “Robert A. Cowie ’55 ME” to support her research project under Jason in the NAP Lab. Congratulations Claire!

December 11, 2020: Jason was selected for the 2021 Kappa Delta / AAOS Award! The purpose of this award is to promote orthopaedic research at Cornell University by providing up to $1,500 for a trainee who will be presenting research at the ORS Annual Meeting. Congratulations Jason!

November 18, 2020: Rebecca, Moni, Patrick, Jason, and Maggie have their abstracts accepted for presentation at the upcoming 2021 ORS Annual Meeting! All six abstracts were accepted. Rebecca will be presenting two podium talks. Jason will also be presenting a podium talk. Moni, Patrick, and Maggie will be presenting posters. Congratulations NAP Lab!

October 14, 2020: Lainie Eisner joined the lab as a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering. Welcome to the NAP Lab Lainie!

September 30, 2020: Ethan received a Cornell Engineering Fall 2020 ELI Award to support his research project under Jason in the NAP Lab. Congratulations Ethan!

September 18, 2020: The NAP Lab received a notice of award for an R56 grant from NIAMS. This will provide funding for exciting work on our project entitled “Novel Mechanism for Repair of Tendon Fatigue Damage Injuries.” Congratulations NAP Lab!

September 11, 2020: Moni, Shreya, and Ethan had their abstract accepted for presentation at the virtual 2020 BMES Annual Meeting. Congratulations!

August 20, 2020: Maggie served as a panelist for a session entitled “Mastering Your Transition Into and Progression Through Graduate School” during the Cornell 2020 Summer Success Symposium!

July 20, 2020: Jason was featured in an article from the Cornell Graduate School entitled “Making it Work’: Flexibility During COVID-19” and was given a student spotlight!

May 18, 2020: Professor Andarawis-Puri has accepted the position of Associate Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering for Graduate Programs. She will take the reigns of the graduate program at a challenging time, as she will welcome this fall the first cohort of Ph.D. and MS students since the COVID crisis. Congratulations Professor Andarawis-Puri!

May  15, 2020: JJ passed his B Exam and received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering! His thesis was entitled “The role of the extracellular matrix in scarless tendon healing and its implications in tendon therapeutic development.” Congratulations JJ! The first NAP Lab PhD graduate from Cornell.

May  14, 2020: Our paper “Innate tissue properties drive improved tendon healing in MRL/MpJ and harnesses cues that enhance behavior of canonical healing cells” was chosen for the cover of the June 2020 edition of The FASEB Journal. The chosen image was created by Brenna, one of our NAP Lab undergraduates. Congratulations everyone!

May 8, 2020: Our paper “MRL/MpJ tendon matrix derived therapeutic promotes improved healing outcomes in scar-mediated canonical tendon healing” is accepted for publication in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research. Congratulations to JJ, Ashley Pekmezian, and Professor Andarawis-Puri!

April 24, 2020: Our paper “Superior mechanical recovery in male and female MRL/MpJ tendons is associated with a unique genetic profile” is accepted for publication in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research. Congratulations to Nisha George, JJ, Rebecca, Peter Taub, and Professor Andarawis-Puri!

April 15, 2020: PhD commitment day! Ai will be attending the University of Pennsylvania’s Bioengineering PhD program as a NSF GRFP Fellow. Brenna will be attending Purdue University’s Biomedical Engineering PhD program as a Purdue Doctoral Fellowship recipient. Congratulations to you both!

April 10, 2020: Our paper “Innate tissue properties drive improved tendon healing in MRL/MpJ and harnesses cues that enhance behavior of canonical healing cells” is accepted for publication in The FASEB Journal. Congratulations, JJ, Jason, Brenna, and Professor Andarawis-Puri!

March 31, 2020: Maggie and Ai are awarded the 2020 NSF GRFP! Congratulations NAP Lab!

February 25, 2020: Jason was featured in Cornell BME’s student spotlight campaign at https://www.bme.cornell.edu/spotlights/jason-chang-marvin-phd-student!

February 8-11, 2020: Jason, Moni, and Rebecca attend the 2020 ORS Annual Meeting in Phoenix Arizona. Jason gave his first ORS podium presentation, and Moni and Rebecca presented posters on the lab’s work. Congratulations NAP Lab!

2019

November 22, 2019: Erin Maloney joined the lab as a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering. Welcome to the NAP Lab Erin!

November 22, 2019: Brenna received a competitive Dextra Undergraduate Research Endowment Fund from Cornell CALS! This funding will support Brenna’s project under Jason. Congratulations Brenna!

November 14, 2019: Professor Andarawis-Puri gave an invited seminar talk titled “Halting the Progression of Accumulation of Tendon Damage and Promoting Effective Healing of Ruptured Tendons” at Tulane University.

November 14, 2019: Borys’ paper “Murine patellar tendon transplantation requires transosseous cerclage augmentation — development of a transplantation model for investigation of systemic and local drivers to healing” is accepted for publication in the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research. Congratulations Borys!

November 6, 2019: JJ, Jason, Moni, and Daniella have their abstracts accepted for presentation at the upcoming 2020 ORS Annual Meeting in Phoenix! Jason will be presenting his first podium talk. JJ, Moni, and Daniella will be presenting posters. Congratulations Team!

October 24, 2019: Marguerite (Maggie) Pacheco joined the lab as a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering. Welcome to the NAP Lab Maggie!

October 3, 2019: Moni passed her A Exam and has advanced to PhD candidacy. Congratulations Moni!

September 16, 2019: Ai Mochida received a travel scholarship from the Assistant Dean’s office at the College of Engineering to attend the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Congratulations Ai!

September 11, 2019: Brenna Vaughn received a travel scholarship to attend the Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition at Purdue University later this month. Congratulations Brenna!

August 6, 2019: Brenna Vaughn presented her research at the 2019 Cornell Office of Undergraduate Biology (OUB) Summer Symposium. Great work Brenna!

July 14-20, 2019: The NAP Lab led a week of hands-on research activities for 43 junior and senior high school girls who participated in the Cornell DPE CURIE Academy summer program. Our program was titled “Designing a hydrogel to improve tendon healing” and tasked the girls with determining the optimal engineering parameters for their proposed therapeutics. To accomplish this, the girls were fully immersed in the research lab and completed 5 different projects: (1) harvesting chicken tendon and fabricating gel-based scaffolds; (2) assessing the ways in which these scaffolds could be manipulated to modify mechanical properties; (3) assessing the effect of gel-based coatings on tendon cell behavior; (4) encapsulating protein in gel-based scaffolds for optimal release properties; and (5) assessing the effect of different gel properties on structure and matrix formation using histology. Great work NAP Lab!

July 13, 2019: Jason has his abstract accepted for presentation at the 2019 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Congratulations Jason!

June 28, 2019: Jason passed his A Exam and has advanced to PhD candidacy. Congratulations Jason!

June 11, 2019: Jason is awarded a Cornell Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI) Graduate Teaching Fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year. Congratulations Jason!

May 14, 2019: Daniel Massillon received a Cornell Summer Experience Grant (SEG) to fund his summer research in the NAP Lab. Congratulations Daniel!

May 12, 2019: Cassidy Higgins received a Cornell Engineering Learning Initiatives (ELI) Undergraduate Research Grant to fund her summer research in the NAP Lab. Congratulations Cassidy!

May 2, 2019: Ai Mochida and Ashley Pekmezian presented their research at the 2019 Spring Cornell Undergraduate Research Board (CURB) Symposium. Ai is selected as a semi-finalist for the best poster in the Applied Sciences division. Great work Ai and Ashley!

April 29, 2019: Professor Andarawis-Puri delivered the keynote address to over 500 middle school girls at the 2019 Cornell Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference.

February 2-5: The NAP Lab had an exciting and productive week at the 2019 ORS Annual Meeting in Austin! Professor Andarawis-Puri delivered a spotlight talk, Patrick presented his first ORS podium talk, and Rebecca and Moni presented posters on their work. Congratulations NAP Lab!

2018

December 21, 2018: Patrick passed his A Exam and has advanced to PhD candidacy. Congratulations Patrick!

December 18, 2018: Steve Ros’ and Patrick’s paper “Multiscale mechanisms of tendon fatigue damage progression and severity are strain and cycle dependent” is accepted for publication in The Journal of Biomechanics. Congratulations Steve and Patrick!

December 18, 2018: Professor Andarawis-Puri was invited as the keynote speaker for the upcoming 2019 Cornell Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference. Congratulations Professor Andarawis-Puri!

November 8, 2018: Professor Andarawis-Puri was selected as a Spotlight Speaker for the upcoming 2019 ORS Annual Meeting in Austin! Patrick, Moni, and Borys have their abstracts accepted for presentation! Patrick will be presenting his first ORS podium.

November 1, 2018: Professor Andarawis-Puri has been promoted to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure. Congratulations Professor Andarawis-Puri! We are so proud of you.

September 3, 2018: Professor Andarawis-Puri’s Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award paper “Promoting effective tendon healing and remodeling” is accepted for publication in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research. Congratulations Professor Andarawis-Puri!

August 15, 2018: Professor Andarawis-Puri and Moni served on the graduate student/faculty panel Developing & Managing Strong Mentoring Relationships at the 2018 Cornell Summer Success Symposium (S3) and shared advice on how to build strong, positive mentoring relationships.

July 19, 2018: The NAP Lab conducted the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering field session for the Cornell Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) CURIE Academy summer program. Professor Andarawis-Puri first presented an exciting overview on mechanical and aerospace engineering. The NAP Lab then facilitated a hands-on activity to create a prosthetic hand to demonstrate the biomechanics of different tissue interfaces.

July 13, 2018: Our lab hosted a group of high school students for Upward Bound. We were happy to talk with these students about biomedical and mechanical engineering, advice on preparing for college and orthopaedics research before getting them involved in some exciting hands-on activities and a lab demonstration using the mechanical testing facilities!

June 18, 2018: Rebecca’s and Meagan’s paper “Inhibition of apoptosis exacerbates fatigue damage tendon injuries in an in vivo rat model’- Bell and Robles-Harris et al. European Cells and Materials” is accepted for publication in eCells & Materials (eCM). Congratulations Rebecca and Meagan!

June 13, 2018: Jason is invited as a rapporteur for the panel Outreach and Communication: A Path Towards (Re)Building Trust? at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)/Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) alumni conference in Atlanta this October. Congratulations Jason!

June 5, 2018: Jason is awarded the 2018 NSF GRFP! Congratulations Jason!

June 1, 2018: Rebecca’s paper “A potential new role for myofibroblasts in remodeling of sub-rupture fatigue tendon injuries by exercise” is accepted for publication in Scientific Reports! Juan’s and David’s paper “Uncorrelated healing response of tendon and ear injuries in MRL highlight a role for the local tendon environment in driving scarless healing” is accepted for publication in Connective Tissue Research. Congratulations Rebecca, Juan, and David! Two papers accepted in one week!

May 6, 2018: Juan is recognized with the Zellman Warhaft Commitment to Diversity Graduate Student Award at the DPE Annual Awards Banquet. Congratulations Juan!

April 3, 2018: Moni is awarded the 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP)! Patrick received an Honorable Mention! Congratulations NAP Lab!

March 15, 2018: Moni was selected as Diversity Programs in Engineering’s (DPE’s) Person of the Month. Congratulations Moni!

Feb 28, 2018: Jason is selected as a Graduate Resident Fellow (GRF) for William Keeton House! He will serve as a mentor and role model to undergraduate residents and serve in a leadership role for academic enrichment by promoting a variety of programs and activities. Congratulations Jason!

Feb 27, 2018: Moni is accepted to the Ewha-Luce International Seminar (ELIS): Expanding Horizons 2018 in Seoul, South Korea! She will spend 3 weeks this summer at Ewha Womans University participating in seminars and workshops focusing on global women’s empowerment to support the inclusion of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. Congratulations Moni!

2017

December 19, 2017: Juan passed his A Exam and has advanced to PhD candidacy. Congratulations Juan!

December 18, 2017: Professor Andarawis-Puri received the 2018 Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recognizing scientists whose research in musculoskeletal disease or injury have led to advancement in patient treatment and care for her research titled “Promoting effective tendon healing and remodeling.” Congratulations Professor Andarawis-Puri!

November 17, 2017: Ashley Fung’s paper “Novel image analysis methods for quantification of in situ 3-D tendon cell and matrix strain” is accepted for publication in The Journal of Biomechanics! Congratulations Ashley on your first paper!

November 11, 2017: Juan, Rebecca and Moni have their abstracts accepted for presentation at the upcoming 2018 Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Annual Meeting in New Orleans! Congratulations everyone!

October 26, 2017: Our lab’s research is featured in an article titled “Tendons: Injuries and Healing” on the Cornell Research homepage!