Several undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis won awards at the annual Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) meeting in Dallas Feb. 10-14, 2023.
ORS is an international research society dedicated to accelerating musculoskeletal discovery to improve health. The conference brought together experts in the field from academia, industry, government and private practice.
The award winners include:
- Sade Clayton-Williams, a Rita Levi-Montalcini postdoctoral fellow co-mentored by Lori Setton, Lucy & Stanley Lopata Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and department chair, and Simon Tang, an affiliate faculty member and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at the School of Medicine, won New Investigator Research Award;
- Leanne Iannucci, who earned a doctorate in biomedical engineering from the McKelvey School of Engineering in 2022 under the mentorship of Spencer Lake, an affiliate faculty member and associate professor of mechanical engineering & materials science, won first place for the ORS Tendon Section Podium Presentation Competition;
- Erica Ely, who is pursuing a doctorate in biomedical engineering under the mentorship of Farshid Guilak, affiliate faculty member and the Mildred B. Simon Research Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, won the Preclinical Models Section Podium Award.
Additionally, Christian Gonzalez, who is pursuing a doctorate in biomedical engineering under Tang’s mentorship, won the Spine Section Diversity Travel Award, and biomedical engineering undergraduate students Charlene Pobee, Laura Mpofu and Omolabake Oyebamiji were awarded ORS travel grants as first-time attendees underrepresented in medicine.