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Linda Sandell, PhD

Linda Sandell, PhD
Mildred B. Simon Research Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Co-Director of Research

Research Interests
Chondrogenesis; Skeletal development; Molecular biology; Connective tissue; Osteoarthritis; Cartilage; collagen genes; CD-RAP/MIA; Growth factors/cytokines.

Dr. Sandell received her undergraduate education at the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1980. She did her postdoctoral work under Dr. Albert Dorfman at the University of Chicago. Before joining the Department in 1997, she was Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Biochemistry at the University of Washington, and Career Research Scientist at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, such as the Ann Doner Vaughan Kappa Delta Award for Outstanding Research in Musculoskeletal Biology from the American Academy of Orthopaedics Surgeons, the Outstanding Scientist Award from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and the Women's Leadership Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society. She is a Basic Science Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and has served a term as President of the Orthopaedic Research Society from 1999-2000, and President of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International from 2010-2013. Dr. Sandell is the author or co-author of numerous scientific articles, book chapters, and books. She is a past member of the Advisory council of the NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (NIAMS) and has served as chairman of three Gordon Conferences, Collagen and Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Science. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Associate Editor of the Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry, and Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Committee on Genetics, NIH Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1980-1982; Arthritis Foundation Fellowship, 1982-1985; Basil O’Connor Starter Grant, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, 1983-1986; Illinois Arthritis Foundation Grants, 1984, 1985, 1987; March of Dimes Basic Research Grant, 1986-1988; American Heart Foundation Grant-Illinois Chapter, 1987-1988; American Heart Foundation Grant-Washington Chapter, 1988-1989; Associate Career Scientist Award, VA Medical Center, 1990-1996; Program Specialist in Orthopaedics, VA Medical Center 1991-1994; Kappa Delta Award for Basic Research in the Musculoskeletal System, Orthopaedic Research Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1992; Charter Member, International Society for Extracellular Matrix, 1993; Career Research Scientist Award, VA Medical Center, 1994-2001; Co-Chair, Collagen Gordon Conference, 1995; Vice-Chair, Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Sciences Gordon Conference, 1996; Chair and Organizer, Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Sciences Gordon Conference, 1998; Advisory Council, National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Washington, D. C., 1998-2002; President, Orthopaedic Research Society, 1999-2000; Initial Convenor, Gordon Conference on the Biology and Pathology of Cartilage, 2003.

Bachelors Degree
University of Denver, Zoology

Masters Degree
University of Denver, Biological Sciences

Northwestern University, Biochemistry

Molecular Biology, University of Chicago

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