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Matthew Silva, PhD

Matthew Silva, PhD
Julia and Walter R. Peterson Orthopaedic Research Professor
Vice Chair of Research, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Head of Biomechnical Engineering Laboratory
Adjunct Professor - Department of Biomedical Engineering
Co-Director of Research

Research Interests
The biomechanics of age-related fractures and osteoporosis; bone mechanobiology - the adaptive and injury response of bone to mechanical forces; evaluating the skeletal phenotype of transgenic and knockout mouse models; biomechanics of tendon and tendon-bone healing

Dr. Silva joined the Washington University faculty in September 1996. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University and then worked in the Biomechanics Department at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in February 1996. While at M.I.T., he conducted research in the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and wrote his thesis on Predicting the Failure Behavior of the Human Vertebral Body. Dr. Silva is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He was awarded the Lee T Ford Award for Academic Achievement by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2001.

Recipient, New Investigator Recognition Award, Orthopaedic Research Society, 1996; Finalist, New Investigator Recognition Award (Senior Author), Orthopaedic Research Society, 2001; Sun Valley Hard Tissue Workshop, Young Investigator Travel Award, 2001; Lee Ford Award for Academic Achievement, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University, 2001.

Bachelors Degree
Cornell University, Mechanical Engineering

Masters Degree
Cornell University, Mechanical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering

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