Research blurb: My research cultures osteocytes in degradable hydrogels to mimic in vivo bone conditions more accurately than previous in vitro osteocyte culture systems. Using these culture systems, I study the effects of mechanical and hormonal cues on osteocyte signaling during degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis.
R. L. Wilmoth, S. J. Bryant, V. L. Ferguson, “A 3D, Dynamically Loaded Hydrogel Model of the Osteochondral Unit to Study Osteocyte Mechanobiology,” Advanced Healthcare Materials, (2020).
A. H. Aziz,* R. L. Wilmoth*, V. L. Ferguson, S. J. Bryant, “IDG-SW3 Osteocyte Differentiation and Bone Extracellular Matrix Deposition is Enhanced in a 3D MMP-Sensitive Hydrogel,” ACS Biomaterials, (2020) *Equal contributing authors
K.M. Fischenich, J.A. Wahlquist, R. L. Wilmoth, L. Cai, C.P. Neu, V.L. Ferguson, Human articular cartilage is orthotropic where microstructure, micromechanics, and chemistry vary with depth and split-line orientation, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, (2020).
B. Ohara, M. Wagner, C. Kunkle, P. Watson, R. Williams, R. Donohoe, K. Ugarte, R. Wilmoth, M. Z. Chong, and H. Lee, “Residential Solar Combined Heat and Power Generation using Solar Thermoelectric Generation,” J. Electron. Mater., (2015).
HONORS AND AWARDS
NIH T32 Fellowship (2019)
Student Travel Achievement Recognition, Society for Biomaterials (2019)
Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Research Potential Fellowship, CU Boulder (2015)
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention (2016)
Fulbright Research Fellowship Alternate (2014)
Honors Program, Santa Clara University (2010)
Presidential Scholarship Recipient, Santa Clara University (2010)