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Wafa Tawackoli, PhD

Assistant Director, Skeletal Stem Cell Therapy Research Program

Assistant Professor, Academic Affairs

Technical Director, Imaging Core Facility

Wafa Tawackoli, PhD

Assistant Director, Skeletal Stem Cell Therapy Research Program

Assistant Professor, Academic Affairs

Technical Director, Imaging Core Facility

The research of Wafa Tawackoli, PhD, focuses on imaging stem cell-based skeletal tissue, investigating the use of broad range of imaging modalities to track and to characterize different stages of adult stem cells derived from various tissues of the human body for the regeneration of bone, cartilage, tendon/ligament and the intervertebral disc. He also studies combining isolated stem cells with differentiation-inducing genes and biodegradable scaffolds in the possibility that it could lead to novel therapeutic solutions for patients suffering from non-union fractures, osteoarthritis, tendon tears, osteoporosis and spine disorders.

  • Reviewer: Annals of Biomedical Engineering, Current
  • Member, Golden Key National Honors Society, 2000-13
  • Distinguished Alumni Award Nomination, 2009
  • International Society of Biomechanics Dissertation Grant, 2006
  • Member, World Molecular Imaging Society, 2006
  • Best Presentation: HSEMB 2005 (Robotic Session), 2003
  • Member, American Society of Biomechanics, 2001
  • National American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Student Research Awards, 2000
  • Member, Orthopedic Research Society, 2000
  • Member, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2000
  • Robert Vaughan Award, 2000
  • Winner of Senior Design Contest in Chemical Engineering, 2000
  • Sam A. Wilson Award, 2000
  • Dean's Honor Roll, 1997-2000
  • Regional Research Competition: 2nd place at Iowa State University, 1999
  • Regional Research Competition: 1st place at Washington University, 1999
  • Winner of Best Research Paper in Chemical Engineering/Toxicology, 1999
  • President's Honor Roll, 1998-99
  • Best Student Award in Physics, 1994
  • Best Student Award in General Studies, 1994

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  • Fahim DK, Sun K, Tawackoli W, Mendel E, Rhines LD, Burton AW, Kim DH, Ehni BL, Liebschner MA. Premature adjacent vertebral fracture after vertebroplasty: a biomechanical study. Neurosurgery. 2011 Sep;69(3):733-744.
  • Kallai I, Mizrahi O, Tawackoli W, Gazit Z, Pelled G, Gazit D. Microcomputed tomography-based structural analysis of various bone tissue regeneration models. Nat Protoc. 2011 Jan;6(1):105-110.
  • Kimelman-Bleich N, Pelled G, Sheyn D, Kallai I, Zilberman Y, Mizrahi O, Tal Y, Tawackoli W, Gazit Z, Gazit D. The use of a synthetic oxygen carrier-enriched hydrogel to enhance mesenchymal stem cell-based bone formation in vivo. Biomaterials. 2009 Sep;30(27):4639-4648.
  • Kimelman-Bleich N, Pelled G, Zilberman Y, Kallai I, Mizrahi O, Tawackoli W, Gazit Z, Gazit D. Targeted gene-and-host progenitor cell therapy for nonunion bone fracture repair. Mol Ther. 2011 Jan;19(1):53-59.
  • Sheyn D, Kallai I, Tawackoli W, Cohn Yakubovich D, Oh A, Su S, Da X, Lavi A, Kimelman-Bleich N, et al. Gene-modified adult stem cells regenerate vertebral bone defect in a rat model. Mol Pharm. 2011 Oct 3;8(5):1592-1601.
  • Sheyn D1, Rüthemann M, Mizrahi O, Kallai I, Zilberman Y, Tawackoli W, Kanim LE, Zhao L, Bae H, Pelled G, et al. Genetically modified mesenchymal stem cells induce mechanically stable posterior spine fusion. Tissue Eng Part A. 2010 Dec;16(12):3679-3686.

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