Welcome to Payne Lab

Functional Regenerative Medicine

Our research focuses on the development of functional regenerative medicine approaches for bone and cartilage tissues, with a particular interest in treating  growth plate cartilage injuries affecting the pediatric population. We study this important clinical problem at a mechanistic level where we investigate the role of angiogenesis in bony repair tissue formation, which occurs after growth plate injury and is the central cause of associated growth abnormalities. At a translational level, we are evaluating different potential treatments by combining stem cells, biomaterials, and 3D printing. Other active projects in the laboratory are related to enhancing bone formation during spinal fusion, as well as developing regenerative medicine approaches for post-traumatic osteoarthritis.