Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD
Co-Investigator; Co-Director of the Rehabilitation and Mechanosensitive Biomarkers Core
Dr. Sowa is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh where she also serves as Co-Director of the Ferguson Laboratory for Orthopaedic and Spine research. She holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering. She completed her PhD in Biochemistry and her MD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Using her background in biochemistry, she completed K12 fellowship training under Dr. Sudha Agarwal in the Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory at The Ohio State University, gaining relevant experience in cell mechanobiology.
The ultimate goal of Dr. Sowa’s research program is to apply the knowledge from in vitro and animal models to inform biochemical analyses of biofluids from patients to improve treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, and to utilize basic science knowledge to facilitate rational and individualized regenerative rehabilitation treatments of individuals to facilitate more effective and efficient care.