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Watts, Ashlee Associate Professor


My research and clinical interests are cartilage repair, osteoarthritis prevention, tendon repair and regenerative medicine. My lab investigates the role of bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells in regenerative medicine for musculoskeletal injury through research efforts as well through the clinical care of equine veterinary patients. My lab also investigates novel routes of regenerative medicine such as the use of miRNA replacement therapy and gene therapy targets. I am experienced in modeling musculoskeletal injury in large animal models including use of the carpal osteochondral fragment model of stable osteoarthritis and the collagenase model of tendinopathy. Accurate and careful models in large animals are critical for successful translational research to bridge the bench to bed-side in an efficient and precise manner.

My teaching is largely clinical teaching during clinical rotation of veterinary students during their fourth and final year of veterinary school. Additionally I teach undergraduate and graduate students in the laboratory in the development and completion of their own and groups research projects.

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  • Associate Professor