Congratulations Matt on Fellowship!!
March 2023. We are extremely proud to announce that Matt Lim, one of our first year PhD students, has been awarded the National Science Foundations Graduate Research Fellowship! Congrats Matt!"
Congratulations Anthony on Paper!!
March 2023. Our first paper is out!! We are excited to share our work demonstrating the more efficient matrix turnover and an increased innate response to mechanical injury in MRL/MpJ tendons.
February 2023. Emma, Anthony, Sam, and Madelyn attended the 2023 ORS Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas. Emma and Anthony presented posters on their recent work and Sam presented his first ever conference talk! Madelyn got to experience her first conference with funding awarded by BU CMTM and the ORS Undergrad Travel Grant. Congrats everyone!
Welcome Matt and Hana!
February 2023. We are so happy to welcome Hana and Matt to the Connizzo Lab as Ph.D. students. Learn more about about Hana and Matt here.
Boston Cellular Senescence Mini-Symposium
November 2022. Takaya is an undergraduate student who has just recently joined the lab, and we are excited to see where his research leads him. Learn more about Takaya here.
November 2022. We would like to welcome masters student Allison to our lab and are excited to add her as a new member of the team. Learn more about Allison here.
**ORS Abstracts Accepted**
November 9, 2022. Congratulations to graduate students Anthony, Emma, and research fellow Sam on their abstract acceptances for the 2023 ORS Annual Meeting. Anthony will be presenting "Earlier Proteoglycan Turnover Promotes Higher Efficiency Matrix Remodeling in MRL/MpJ Tendons" as poster presentation, and Emma will be presenting "Senescence Contributes to Death Resistance of Aged Tenocytes in a Model of Secondary Joint Damage" as a poster presentation as well. Sam will be presenting "Differential Effect of Acute Compressive Injury on Young and Aged Tendons" as a podium presentation. We are all looking forward to our second ORS conference as a lab!
October 17, 2022. Kayla is an undergraduate work-study student who will be working to streamline administrative lab tasks. She is excited to help wherever is needed and learn more about lab work! Learn more about Kayla here!
2022 CMTM Symposium
October 7, 2022. A whole day of mechanobiology research? What could be better? The Connizzo lab had strong representation at the Center for Multiscale Translational Mechanobiology annual symposium. Congratulations to Emma on her poster presentation and Anthony on his selection for a the lab's first conference talk!
Welcome to Shriya!
September 1, 2022. Welcome to our new masters student, Shriya, who will be leading the efforts developing an in vivo model of inflammation-induced joint injury in the rat! Learn more about Shriya here.
**BMES Abstract Acceptance**
July 28, 2022. Undergraduate Felicia's conference abstract to the Biomedical Engineering Society annual meeting was accepted as a poster presentation. Felicia and Dr. Connizzo will travel to the conference to present her work "The Role of Glutamine Supplementation in Protein Synthesis of Murine Tendon Explants" this Fall. Congratulations, Felicia!
Connizzo Lab Wins AAUW Grant!
June 29, 2022. Dr. Connizzo was selected as a grant recipient for the American Association of University Women's Research Publication Grant in Engineering, Medicine, and Science. The AAUW is one of the largest supporters of graduate and faculty women in STEM, founded in 1881. The award will support work to complete our recent studies investigating the implications of aging on inflammation in the multi-tissue joint injury model.
Anthony @ Trainees On Tap!
May 19th, 2022. Graduate student Anthony presented at the Center for Multiscale Translational Mechanobiology (CMTM) Trainees on Tap Event! The event was a huge success and we look forward to more work with the CMTM in the future. To find out more about the CMTM, check out the link below!
ORS Tendon Section Conference
May 5-7, 2022. A subset of the Connizzo group traveled down to Philadelphia for the 2022 ORS Tendon Section Meeting at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Connizzo's old stomping grounds! In addition to presenting our work and learning all the latest and greatest tendon science, Emma and Anthony got a tour of the McKay laboratories from current trainees. Highlights of the trip included a reception at the Philadelphia Zoo, tackling the spiral staircase in our AirBnB row home, and cadaver lab with demonstrations from the Orthopaedic residents at Penn.
Summer Kick-Off Potluck!
May 1, 2022. This weekend we celebrated the end of the school year, including the graduation of our senior undergraduate Isabelle Goode, and kicked off the official start to the summer with a potluck picnic. Isabelle will be attending University of Hartford's master program in Prosthetics and Orthotics. Congrats, Izzy! You will be missed.
**Madelyn is a Dean's Fellow!**
March 29, 2022. Congratulations to Madelyn Keller for being selected for the Distinguished Summer Research Fellowship (DSRF) program and the STARS program for summer 2022! We are so proud!
February 4-8, 2022. After nearly 2 years, part of the Connizzo Lab made their way down to Tampa, Florida for the 2022 Annual Meeting of the ORS in person! We had a lot of fun networking with friends, new and old, sharing our science, and learning about what's going on in the orthopaedic research community. Congratulations to Emma and Anthony on their first poster presentations. We are very proud! Looking forward to next year's annual meeting in Dallas!
December 10, 2021. The first annual Connizzo Lab holiday party was a great success! This year we teamed up with our friends from the O'Shea Lab to host a cookie decorating contest. Happy Holidays!
**ORS Abstracts Accepted**
December 2, 2021. Congratulations to graduate students Anthony and Emma on their abstract acceptances for the 2022 ORS Annual Meeting. Anthony will be presenting "MRL/MpJ Tendon Explants Maintain Greater Matrix Synthesis in Response to Stress Deprivation" and Emma will be presenting "Induction and Characterization of Cellular Senescence in Tendon Explants." We are all looking forward to our first trip and conference as a lab!
New Book Chapter Out!
November 23, 2021. Brianne's latest book chapter regarding "Tendon Extracellular Matrix Assembly, Maintenance and Dysregulation Throughout Life" has been published online and will be out in print later this week.
September 20, 2021. This week we welcomed a new undergraduate in the lab. Learn more about Madelyn and what she'll be working on over at our personnel page!
First Pilot Grant Awarded!
September 19, 2021. The Connizzo Lab was awarded a Junior Faculty Pilot and Feasibility Award to support studies developing an in vivo model of inflammation-induced joint damage by the MGH Center for Skeletal Research!
Congrats to Emma and Anthony!
June 11, 2021. Our graduate students have both successfully passed their oral qualifying exams. Congrats to Emma and Anthony on a fantastic job!
Summer UROPs Arrive!
June 1, 2021. We are very excited to have three undergraduate students joining us in the lab this summer. Welcome Isabelle, Felicia and Brandon!
New Lab Members Join Us!
May 1, 2021. The Connizzo lab has officially welcomed its first two Ph.D. students. Read more about our new students, Emma and Anthony, on our personnel page!
Virtual ORS 2021
February 12-16, 2021. The Connizzo lab attended the Orthopaedic Research Society (virtual) Annual Meeting this year. Dr. Connizzo presented in the Tendon Mechanics session regarding her work with explant mechanohomeostasis and aging, and a project led by MIT undergraduate Emily Larson regarding glucose levels in explant health was presented in poster format. In addition, we attended career development sessions, scientific symposia/workshops, and many virtual social events. Looking forward to next year's annual meeting in Tampa!
Welcome to the Lab, Sam Mlawer!
January 13, 2021. Sam comes to us from the University of Rochester, where he completed his Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering. Read more about Sam's background and interests on our personnel page. Welcome, Sam!
The Connizzo Lab Opens!
January 1, 2021. We are officially moved into our lab space and open! Stay tuned for more exciting updates.