Lab Members

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery | Musculoskeletal Institute | UConn Health, Farmington, Connecticut

Daniel W. Youngstrom, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery

Education:
  • Ph.D in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • B.S. in Biophysics, University of Michigan
About me:

Bone is a dynamic tissue often capable of remarkable intrinsic healing, but there are limits to the extent of repair that is possible in humans. Yet some animals, including zebrafish, are enticingly capable of complete regeneration of complex sleletal structures following amputation. What are the cellular mechanisms that give rise to this extraordinary healing potential? My lab uses in vitro cell culture, pre-clinical animal models and reverse genetics to discover ways to engineer adult skeletal stem cells and promote therapeutic bone formation following developmental malformation, surgical resection or high-energy trauma.

I also direct the x-ray microtomography (µCT) core facility, serving the diverse and collaborative skeletal/dental research community at UConn Health and beyond.

Outside the lab, I am a motorcyclist, woodworker and nature enthusiast.

links: UConn Health faculty bio


Jessica M. Kraus

Lab Manager & Research Assistant

Education:
  • B.S. in Physiology and Neurobiology, University of Connecticut
About me:

Prior to joining Dr. Youngstrom’s lab I worked in three different labs at UConn, where I studied reproductive physiology in fruit flies, auditory discrimination behaviors in rats, and nerve cords in cockroaches. Having experience with all of that, I can now confidently say that studying bone in zebrafish has been the most rewarding! When I am not in the lab I enjoy hikes, spending quality time with friends and family, and working on my art – mainly sculpture.

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