NEWS

March 2021:  The Albro Lab's work on Raman arthroscopy for osteoarthritis diagnostics is featured in BU College of Engineering's Spotlight Research: "A Tool to Measure Cartilage Health."

March 2021:  The Albro Lab, Bergholt Lab, and Snyder Lab are awarded a 3-year project grant from the Arthritis Foundation on, "Raman Needle Arthroscopy for Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis Diagnostics and Treatment Monitoring." The award provides $297,000 for project support over 3 years.

February 2021:  Professor Albro presents at the MGH Center for Skeletal Research (CSR) Bone Research Workshop on, "Mechanobiological Regulation of TGF-beta in the Synovial Joint."

February 2021:  Albro Lab students present at the 2021 Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting. Sedat Dogru presents on, "Patient-specific internalization rates mediate TGF-beta delivery in cartilage tissue engineering." Tianbai Wang presents on, "Localized delivery of physiologic TGF-beta doses improves cell morphology in functional engineered cartilage." Andy Zhang presents on, "Raman plate reader for quantitative molecular monitoring of live cartilage explants and, "Raman needle arthroscopy for in vivo diagnostics of musculoskeletal connective tissues." 

January 2021:  The Albro Lab, Snyder Lab, and Grinstaff Lab receive a 2021 Center for Multiscale and Translational Mechanobiology (CMTM) Seed Grant Award on, "A Novel Mechanochemical Bioreactor Platform for Synovial Joint Therapeutic Screening." The award provides $25,000 for project support over 1 year. 

October 2020:  Professor Albro receives the Dr. James R. Neff Research Award from the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF): named in honor of the late orthopaedic surgeon and researcher, this award goes to an individual whose work in the orthopaedics field embodies dedication, perseverance, and intense curiosity.

 

October 2020:  The Albro Lab is awarded the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) Biologics Grant for their project, "A Raman Spectroscopic Probe for Osteochondral Allograft Quality Assessments."

 

 

May 2020:  The Bergholt and Albro Labs published their paper entitled, "Multiplexed Polarized Hypodermic Raman Needle Probe for Biostructural Analysis of Articular Cartilage" in Optics Letters.

May 2020:  Congratulations to Sung Yeon Kim (BME/ME) for receiving the Earle and Mildred Bailey Memorial Award and the Adam Miller Award. The Bailey Award is presented to one College of Engineering senior to recognize outstanding scholarship and service to the College. The Miller Award is presented to one BME senior who represents the spirit of the Department.

 

May 2020:  Congratulations to this year’s Albro Lab graduating seniors: Sung Yeon Kim (BME/ME), Maggie Wu (BME/ME), and Zhonghao Dai (BME/ECE). Sung Yeon will be pursuing a PhD at UPenn's McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory. Maggie will be pursuing a PhD in Robotics at the University of Michigan. Zhonghao will be pursuing an MS degree at Georgia Tech. Great job everyone!

March 2020:  The Albro Lab is awarded the 2020 MSE Innovation Grant for their project, "Hypodermic Needle-Based Raman Spectroscopy for Early-Stage Osteoarthritis Diagnostics." This award provides $100,000 for project support over two year.

 

 

February 2020:  The Albro and Bergholt Labs present their work at 2020 SPIE Photonics West and the 2020 ORS Annual Meeting, entitled "Fiber-optic Raman Spectroscopy for Early-Stage Osteoarthritis Diagnostics." 

 

 

February 2020:  Albro Lab students present at the 2020 Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting. Sedat Dogru presents on "Dual Compartmentalized Functionality of TGF-beta in the Synovial Joint." Nicholas Simone presents on "Latent TGF-beta Contents of Synovial Joint Tissues."

 

 

January 2020:  Congratulations to Tianbai Wang (Materials Science) and Sedat Dogru (Mechanical Engineering) for passing their qualifying exams.

 

December 2019:  The Grinstaff Lab and Albro Lab receive an NSF award from the Division of Materials Research (1905673) entitled, "A Biomaterials Strategy to Maintain Functionality in Osteoarthritic Cartilage." 

November 2019:  The Albro Lab receives a pilot grant from NIH-funded MGH Center for Skeletal Research (CFSR) on "Targeted Inhibition of Pathogenic TGF-beta Activity in Osteoarthritis."

November 2019: The Albro Lab has 3 abstracts accepted to ORS 2020 (2 podium presentations, 1 poster presentation). 

October 2019:  Professor Albro gives a seminar at Northeastern University Department  of Mechanical Engineering entitled, "Reaction  Diffusion Transport Modeling of Growth Factors in Connective Tissues." 

October 2019:  The Albro, Bergholt, and Serio Labs review paper entitled, "Raman Spectroscopy: Guiding Light for the Extracellular Matrix," is accepted in Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.

October 2019:  Albro Lab undergraduates present at the 2019 Boston University UROP Symposium. Maggie Wu presents on "Raman Spectroscopy for Diagnostics of Early-Stage Osteoarthritis." Eric Dai presents on "Quantification of Chondrocyte Clustering as a Quantity Metric in Cartilage Tissue Engineering."

September 2019:  The Albro and Bergholt Labs have their abstract entitled, "Fiber-optic Raman Spectroscopy for Early-Stage Osteoarthritis Diagnostics," accepted to The International Society for Optics and Photonics: Photonics West conference. 

August 2019:  Professor Albro presents at the 16th International Symposium on Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering:  "Computational Models of Growth Factor Delivery to Engineered Cartilage Tissues."

 

July 2019: The Albro Lab receives an NSF award from Biomechanics and Mechanobiology (CMMI 1906469) entitled, "Mechanobiological Activation of Latent TGF-Beta in the Intrinsic Repair Capacity of Musculoskeletal Tissues."


June 2019: Sedat Dogru is selected as a finalist for the Ph.D. student paper competition at the ASME SB3C Conference for his abstract, "Concentration Dependent TGF-Beta Internalization Rate in Engineered Musculoskeletal Tissues."

May 2019: The Albro Lab congratulates Maggie Wu (ME), Zhonghao Dai (BME), and Nicholas Simone (BME) on receiving Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) funding for the Summer semester.

 

May 2019: The Albro Lab congratulates Zhixuan Zhang for graduating from Boston University with an M.S. in Material Science and Engineering. We also congratulate Kim Kroupa for graduating from Boston University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. 

May 2019: The Albro Lab congratulates Kim Kroupa for receiving the Earle and Mildred Bailey Memorial Award presented to one graduating senior in the College of Engineering to recognize outstanding scholarship and service to the College. She will be starting her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University in the fall. Best of luck!


April 2019: Prof. Albro presents his work on mechanobiology of growth factors at BU Research on Tap event, Mechanobiology:  How Force and Stretch Shape Life. 

February 2019: Tianbai Wang presents her research at the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) 2019 Annual Meeting: "A Novel Autoinduction Assay for Quantifying Exogeneous TGF-beta Activity in Engineered Tissues."

January 2019: We are in the news! Prof. Albro gives an interview to BU Today  about the lab's recent progress in cartilage tissue engineering. View the full article here.

November 2018: Prof. Albro presents at BU Research on Tap, Re-Engineering Life: “Growth Factor Delivery Paradoxes in Tissue Engineering.”

 

November 2018: The Albro Lab welcomes Maggie Wu (ME), Mason Dasilva (ME), Samuel Sze (ME), and Nicholas Simone (BME) as undergraduate student researchers.

November 2018: The Albro Lab has two abstracts accepted to the 2019 Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting in Austin Texas: “A Bio-inspired Latent TGF-beta Scaffold Improves Engineered Articular Cartilage Quality” and “A Novel Autoinduction Assay for Quantifying Exogenous TGF-Beta Activity in Engineered Tissues.”

October 2018: Sarita Berigei presents her research at the 2019 UROP Symposium: “TGF-beta Contents in Load-Bearing Musculoskeletal Tissues.”

September 2018: The Albro Lab’s paper, “Physiologic Medium Maintains the Homeostasis of Immature Bovine Articular Cartilage Explants in Long-term Culture,“ has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.

August 2018: Yue Wang defends his Master’s thesis. Congrats Yue!

July 2018: Prof. Albro presents at the 2018 World Congress of Biomechanics (Dublin, Ireland): “Can Delivery of Near-Physiologic Levels of TGF-beta Improve Engineered Tissue Quality?”

June 2018: The Albro Lab and Grinstaff Lab receive a 2018 Boston University Dean’s Catalyst Award to study novel latent TGF-beta conjugated scaffolds in cartilage tissue engineering.

April 2018: Kimberly Kroupa is named a Clare Boothe Luce Scholar for Summer 2018 research in the Albro Lab. 


April 2018: Tianbai Wang defends her Master’s thesis. Congrats Tianbai!

March 2018: Sung Kim is awarded a Kenneth R. Lutchen Distinguished Fellowship for Summer 2018 research in the Albro Lab.

Recent News

March 2021:  The Albro Lab's work on Raman arthroscopy is featured in BU College of Engineering's Spotlight Research

March 2021:  Albro Lab is awarded Arthritis Foundation project grant.

February 2021:  Professor Albro presents at the MGH Center for Skeletal Research Bone Research Workshop

February 2021:  Albro Lab students present at the 2021 Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting

January 2021:  Albro Lab receives CMTM Seed Grant

October 2020:  Professor Albro receives the Dr. James R. Neff Research Award from MTF Biologics

October 2020:  The Albro Lab is awarded Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation Biologics Grant