Priyatha Premnath joined the college in August as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering. She most recently worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Surgery at the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health, within the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. Research at the multi-disciplinary, world-class center focuses on understanding bones and joints, preventing long-term damage, early diagnosis, developing new treatments and improving patient care.
Premnath’s research at the institute focused on the role of cell cycle regulators in bone healing. She demonstrated that inhibition of p21 can enhance bone healing and protect against bone loss in an osteoporotic mouse model. Her research at UWM will focus on enhancing endochondral ossification through cell cycle regulators and leveraging this information to fabricate biomaterials that can recapitulate an enhanced healing environment.
Premnath earned a PhD in mechanical engineering in 2014 from Ryerson University (Toronto) and a master’s in biomedical engineering in 2010 from Cornell University.
She is the second person in her family to join the UWM community. “My mother completed her undergraduate degree in microbiology from UWM in 1984,” she says.
The biomedical engineering undergraduate major was added in 2016 due to strong market demand. Undergraduate enrollment grew rapidly from 44 students in Fall 2016 to 131 in Fall 2018.