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Lake awarded seed grant

Spencer Lake, assistant professor of mechanical engineering & materials science, has received a one-year, $40,000 seed grant from the Center of Regenerative Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. The award provides funding for research titled “Mechanical priming to direct adipose progenitor cells toward an anti-fibrotic phenotype.”

Spencer Lake

Spencer Lake, assistant professor of mechanical engineering & materials science, has received a one-year, $40,000 seed grant from the Center of Regenerative Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. The award provides funding for research titled “Mechanical priming to direct adipose progenitor cells toward an anti-fibrotic phenotype.”

Lake's research focuses on soft tissue biomechanics, with an emphasis on orthopedic tissues, such as tendons and ligaments. His research uses a multiscale experimental and computational approach to evaluate the in vivo loading environment, tissue properties, and microstructural structure-function relationships of tissues that function in complex physiologic environments.