Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
UC Davis Medical Center
Research I, Suite 2000
Office: 916-734-5015
Lab: 916-734-4444
Mobile: 530-746-8866


Personal Education
BA in Biology, Boston University, 1989
Biotech Research at Genzyme
PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Davis, 2003

Lawrence J. Ellison Musculoskeletal Research Center
Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group
Biochemistry, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Graduate Group
Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology
Center for Musculoskeletal Health
Nanomaterials in the Environment Agriculture and Technologies

Research Interest
We study early responses to joint injury to learn about the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis and to identify intervention strategies. We study chondrocyte mechanobiology to understand how mechanical forces are translated into biochemical responses. We study cartilage matricellular proteins to gain insight into how cells interact with growth factors and the extracellular matrix.

We use animal models of joint injury and bone formation, explant models of osteochondral injuries, stem-cell based tissue engineering, and 3-axis bioreactors to mechanically stimulate hydrogel-embedded chondrocytes and stem cells.

We apply the knowledge to translational studies. Example: Intervene with inflammatory gene expression upon joint injury to prevent or delay OA. Example: Enhance BMP-mediated bone regeneration by presenting the growth factor in a biologically relevant context on matricellular proteins.

Dominik R Haudenschild on ResearchGate