Joel Boerckel Assistant ProfessorDepartments of Orthopaedic Surgery & Bioengineering, University of PennsylvaniaMechanical forces are important regulators of tissue development and regeneration. In the Boerckel laboratory, we seek to understand the mechanisms by which mechanical cues influence morphogenesis, growth, adaptation, and repair, and we study how these developmental programs can be recapitulated to engineer functional tissues. Dr. Boerckel completed his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Grove City College, and received the PhD degree, also in Mechanical Engineering, from Georgia Tech in 2011. Following postdoctoral training in vascular biology at the Cleveland Clinic and a first faculty position at Notre Dame, he was recruited to the University of Pennsylvania in 2017, where he is jointly appointed as Assistant Professor in the departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering. Dr. Boerckel currently serves as the Chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee of the Orthopaedic Research Society and is Chair of the Musculoskeletal Thematic Working Interest Group of TERMIS-AM.