Tissue Engineering, Regeneration and Repair Program

Top, from left: Jonathan Bourne, PhD; Suzanne Maher, PhD, Chitra Dahia, PhD Bottom, from left: Russell F. Warren, MD; Peter Torzilli, PhD; Jo A. Hannafin, MD, PhD; Scott Rodeo, MD Not pictured: Mary Goldring, PhD

Primary Research Areas:

Cell Biology; Enzyme Mechanokinetics; Gene Therapy; Mechanobiology; Mechanoimmunology; Osteoarthritis; Soft Tissue Repair, Regeneration, and Replacement; Wound Healing

Key Faculty: Principal Scientists

Chitra Dahia, Ph.D., Assistant Scientist
Xiang-Hua Deng, M.D., Associate Scientist
Mary Goldring, Ph.D., Senior Scientist and Program Co-Director
Jo A. Hannafin, M.D., Ph.D., Professor
Suzanne Maher, Ph.D., Associate Scientist and Associate Program Director
Scott A. Rodeo, M.D., Professor and Program Co-Director 
Peter A. Torzilli, Ph.D., Senior Scientist
Russell F. Warren, M.D., Senior Scientist

Overview: TERR Program Mission and Goals:

Tissue engineering involves the use of cells, biologic and synthetic materials, and methods to grow new tissue to replace or repair injured or diseased tissues and organs to regain physiologic function. The Tissue Engineering, Regeneration and Repair Program's goal is to determine the biological, biochemical, bimolecular and biomechanical mechanisms responsible for development, damage, degeneration and healing of the musculoskeletal tissues, cartilage, meniscus, ligaments and tendons, and to use this information to develop new cell and tissue based strategies to prevent, repair, regenerate or replace the injured tissues. In order to find solutions to these problems and translate this information to the patient, the Program uses an interdisciplinary approach by forming specialized teams of scientists, physicians and engineers, each of whom brings a unique perspective to the problem. This allows the integration of various disciplines, such as biology, biochemistry, biophysics, biomechanics and immunology, to study the interaction between these fields (e.g., mechanobiology, mechanoimmunology, enzyme mechanokinetics) in the physiology of normal and diseased tissues. The overall aim of our research is to translate our research findings from the bench-to-the-bedside to treat patients with injuries to soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system.

In addition to basic and applied research, the Program strives to mentor young faculty and students in the scientific, medical and engineering principles necessary to advance their careers in the field of tissue engineering and repair.

Future areas of research focus will include stem cell engineering, developmental skeletal biology, and cell-matrix interactions.


Mary Goldring, PhD
Scott Rodeo, MD

Associate Program Director
Suzanne Maher, PhD

Changing the Game

Artificial Soft Tissue: Building a New Knee
Suzanne Maher, PhD


The Tissue Engineering, Regeneration and Repair Program is engaged in basic, applied, translational and clinical research and currently is composed of the following laboratories: