Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award 2017
Alexandra Scharf, a recent doctoral graduate in bioengineering and large animal medicine and surgery, is recognized for her research in MRI-based molecular and cellular imaging and the application of this technology to cell-based, regenerative therapies. Scharf has been instrumental in developing techniques using equine and ovine models of tendonitis to elucidate the contribution of cell therapy to the overall soft tissue healing process. Specifically, using iron particle labeling techniques, she has been able to trace the cells in the tendon for up to two weeks from injection. This work has led to a series of remarkable opportunities to perfect the delivery as well as understand the therapeutic benefits and the predictability of outcomes following cellular treatment of injured soft tissues. Scharf is now pursuing her veterinary degree in large animal medicine at UGA.