Research and Development Overview:
The Snedeker laboratory focuses on three primary research areas: mechanical/biological based understanding of tendon disease and healing; micro-mechanical cell-biomaterial interactions and their implications for therapeutic success; and clinical biomechanics for improving existing orthopedic implant design and for the development of novel implants.
Scientific Focus and Impact: The Snedeker laboratory aims to elucidate the role of extracellular matrix composition, structure and mechanics in connective tissue homeostasis, damage and repair. The laboratory targets its research questions by developing and applying sophisticated experimental platforms and multi-scale imaging techniques to quantify and characterize cells, extracellular matrix, and their interactions. The Snedeker laboratory is a leading group in musculoskeletal biomechanical science, has received numerous scientific awards, and the laboratory currently has over 70 peer reviewed original publications in print.
Clinical Focus and Impact: The Snedeker laboratory is embedded within the University Hospital Balgrist and has successfully addressed clinical orthopedic questions related to the shoulder, ankle, hand, and knee through in-house collaborative work with world leading orthopedic surgeons. Resulting innovations and licensed intellectual property are being actively translated to the clinic in the form of medical devices commercialized by both large industry and spin-off companies.