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.