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2020 Fellow

Callan Luetkemeyer

PhD Institution
University of Michigan

Callan is a mechanical engineer and used her PhD to develop new models of the anterior cruciate ligament, aiming to improve injury prevention strategies that are currently based on overly simple existing models. As a Schmidt Science Fellow, Callan will pivot into biology to work on the extracellular matrix in our tissues. When this is damaged in soft orthopedic tissues it can lead to chronic pain, but the point at which stress to the matrix leads to damage is not well understood. Callan hopes that her work could lead to ways to detect microdamage in tissues well before a significant injury.