Member Biography


Melissa A Kacena

Melissa Kacena, Ph.D.

1130 W Michigan St
FH 115
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 278-0085

Research Program Membership

Full member

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
IU School of Medicine

Adjunct Professor of Anatomy & Cell Biology
Anatomic Pathology
IU School of Medicine

Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
School of Engineering and Technology at Purdue University

As a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, two of my main research goals are directly related to the objectives of the IU Simon Cancer Center. The first is better understanding the role of osteoblasts in the hematopoietic stem cell niche. Specifically, we hope to better understand the role of osteoblasts, bone marrow stromal cells, and megakaryocytes in expansion and longevity of hematopoietic stem cells. Second, we have begun studying the role of Mdm2 and megakaryocytes in regulating tumor progression and metastasis in osteosarcoma.

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Post-doctoral Fellowship - Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 1999-2002

Ph.D. - University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 1995-2000

M.S. - University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 1994-1995

B.S. - University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 1990-1994