Dr. Coan came to Texas Biomed in June 2011, bringing expertise in the field of stem cell research and regenerative medicine along with an interest in the genetics that underlie diseases of the bones and joints. She joined the lab of Lorena Havill, Ph.D., where scientists are looking for biomarkers that can serve as early warning signs of osteoarthritis. With her background in stem cell research and regenerative medicine, Dr. Coan will focus on developing a stem cell program that compliments Dr. Havill’s current osteoarthritis research. Regenerative medicine is an emerging field that is exploring whether a patient’s own cells can be stimulated to grow the tissues needed to repair damaged bones, joints and other body organs. It is a new avenue of osteoarthritis work that could lead to new treatments for the disease.
Doctoral Degree: Ph.D. Molecular Genetics (2011)
Wake Forest University School of Medicine Winston-Salem, NC
Appalachian State University Boone, NC