BEST Lab Researchers Win Early Investigator Awards

Congratulations to two of our postdoctoral researchers in the BEST lab, Evan Buettmann, Ph.D., and Michael Friedman, Ph.D., who have both won Early Investigator Awards from the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health. To read more about their hard work and research endeavors visit

Michael Friedman Wins Young Investigator Award

Michael Friedman, a postdoctoral fellow in the BEST Lab, was recently awarded the Alice L. Jee Young Investigator Award to attend the Orthopedic Research Society Internation Biology Workshop in July!    

Congratulations to Chris Brunkhorst!

The BEST Lab would like to congratulate Chris Brunkhorst on his acceptance to officially attend Cornell University in pursuit of his doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering beginning in the Fall of 2019. Chris has worked in the BEST Lab for the past 3 years, exceeding our expectations and growing into an exceptional independent researcher in his own right. Chris has contributed to many aspects of the BEST Lab including taking on a leadership role in numerous projects examining how oscillating fluid flow affects osteocyte response in vitro. Chris' interest and passion coupled with an inquisitive demeanor that he brought to [...]

BEST Lab’s Research to be Advanced by ISS

The BEST Lab was chosen to have one of our experiments sponsored aboard the International Space Station. Utilizing the ISS we are able to further our research and investigation into the effects of microgravity on bone and muscle. To read more click here.

Michael Friedman wins NASA Fellowship

Michael Friedman, Ph.D of the BEST Lab at VCU was awarded the Translational Research Institute for Space Health Postdoctoral Fellowship. He will study genetic variability in microgravity induced bone and muscle loss over the next 2 years. This highly competitive fellowship allows Michael to further purse his career research interests in musculoskeletal variation and development.

BMES National Conference

The BEST Lab at VCU is happy to announce it will be sending 9 members of the lab to the Biomedical Engineering Society National conference in Atlanta, Georgia on October 17-20th 2018. Camilla Reina will also be giving a presentation on "Immobilization by Casting Causes Muscle Atrophy in Different Strains of Mice".