Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cell Biology, and Biomedical Engineering
- Vice Chair for Research, Orthopaedic Surgery
- Director, Musculoskeletal Research Center
The ultimate goal of Professor Kirsch’s research is to define novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of osteoarthritis and other joint diseases and injuries. To this end the laboratory studies mechanisms involved in the regulation of cartilage homeostasis, maintenance and pathology. In addition, research is performed on how cells and the joint environment interact.
Research Interests: chondrocyte and osteoblast biology and differentiation, molecular mechanisms regulating physiological and pathological mineralization, osteoarthritis