Five University of Missouri students with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics successfully defended their theses this spring/summer.
Kylee Rucinski, Josephine Luk, Jake Kramer, and Lasun Oladeji all earned their PhDs with their successful defenses. Anna Sullentrup graduated with her master’s degree.
Their presentations were titled:
- Rucinski – Patient Adherence to Orthopaedic Treatment Plans: Toward Patient-Centered Definitions, Measurement, and Management
- Luk – Biomechanical and Immunological Contributions to Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation Outcomes
- Sullentrup – Characterization of the Impact of Platelet-rich Plasma and Corticosteroid Upon Clinical and Biomechanical Outcomes of Knee Osteoarthritis Patients
- Kramer – Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Degeneration: Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Distinguishers
- Oladeji – Pass the Salt: Elucidating the Chondroprotective Properties of Hyperosmolar Saline Irrigation Solutions.
As far as future plans, Rucinski has taken a position as Assistant Research Professor with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Luk will be working with the Biologic and Regenerative Medicine team in the wound care franchise at Smith and Nephew, Kramer will be continuing his time at the Thompson Lab as a post-doctoral research fellow in the fall, Sullentrup plans to start medical school at Mizzou this year, while Oladeji will complete his final year as an orthopaedic surgical resident.
Congratulations to each of our graduates!