Tamara Alliston, PhD

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Research Overview: 

Our research focuses on the molecular pathways controlling mesenchymal stem cell differentiation, how these pathways coordinate with physical cues to influence mechanical integrity of normal skeletal tissue, and how they can be harnessed to repair tissue damaged in degenerative skeletal disease. In particular we focus on defining the function of TGFβ in coordinating physical and biochemical cues to regulate skeletal cell differentiation. To answer these questions we combine molecular, cellular, physiologic, and materials science approaches. This interdisciplinary approach will lead to the identification of targets to prevent skeletal disease or to improve skeletal repair.

Primary Thematic Area: 
Tissue / Organ Biology & Endocrinology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Cancer Biology & Cell Signaling
Research Summary: 
Our research focuses on the molecular pathways controlling mesenchymal stem cell differentiation
Mentorship Development: 

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At the Crux of Joint Crosstalk: TGFβ Signaling in the Synovial Joint.

Current rheumatology reports

Bailey KN, Alliston T

Prioritization of genes relevant to bone fragility through the unbiased integration of aging mouse bone transcriptomics and human GWAS analyses.

Journal of bone and mineral research : the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

Kaya S, Schurman CA, Dole NS, Evans DS, Alliston T

Mechanosensitive miR-100 coordinates TGFβ and Wnt signaling in osteocytes during fluid shear stress.

FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Dole NS, Yoon J, Monteiro DA, Yang J, Mazur CM, Kaya S, Belair CD, Alliston T

Disrupted osteocyte connectivity and pericellular fluid flow in bone with aging and defective TGF-ß signaling.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Schurman CA, Verbruggen SW, Alliston T