Orthopaedic Research Center Collaborators

The People Serving You

Nicole Ehrhart

Faculty

Contact Information

Office: 970-297-1218

Email: nicole.ehrhart@colostate.edu

Biography

Dr. Nicole Ehrhart, VMD, MS, is the director of the Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging at Colorado State University, where she leads an interdisciplinary research effort to identify basic and translational mechanisms that promote healthy aging. Ehrhart holds the Ross M. Wilkins M.D. Limb Preservation Foundation University Chair in Musculoskeletal Oncology and Biology. She is a board-certified veterinary surgeon (Diplomate ACVS; ACVS Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology), a professor of surgical oncology in the Dept. of Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and a research faculty member at CSU’s Flint Animal Cancer Center. In her research lab, the Laboratory of Comparative Musculoskeletal Oncology and Traumatology, Ehrhart conducts translational aging, limb preservation, tissue engineering, and sarcoma research, as well as bone and muscle regenerative medicine, to benefit both human and canine patients. Ehrhart holds joint faculty positions in the School of Biomedical Engineering, the Cell and Molecular Biology program, the Gates Regenerative Medicine Center at the University of Colorado, and The University of Colorado Cancer Center. In addition to her research, she has held several leadership positions in national and international organizations, such as the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Veterinary Society for Surgical Oncology (President), Veterinary Orthopedic Society (President) and Chair of the 2014 World Veterinary Orthopaedic Congress Committee.

Thomas Hansen

Faculty

Contact Information

Office: 970-491-5621

Email: thomas.hansen@colostate.edu

Biography

Dr. Thomas R. (Tod) Hansen is the Mabel I. and Henry H. Traubert Professor of Animal Genetics in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. His research focuses on: 1) study of early embryo-maternal signaling with intent to reduce embryo mortality (i.e., miscarriage); 2) discovery of single nucleotide polymorphisms in genes associated with fertility as a tool for genetically selecting cattle with increased pregnancy rates; and 3) understanding how maternal viral infections impair development of the fetus and the fetal immune system, leading to compromised post-natal immune responses to secondary infections. His research has been funded by the NIH-NICHD, NIH-INBRE, USDA-NIFA, American Cancer Society and biotechnology/biopharma companies. He teaches Human and Animal Reproductive Biology to undergraduate and graduate Biomedical Sciences students. He also serves as Director of the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory (ARBL), which includes the Equine Reproduction Laboratory as a Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence at Colorado State University (CSU). The ARBL PRSE seeks to excel through discovery, translation and dissemination of knowledge in reproductive sciences and biotechnologies at local, national and international levels. We approach this mission through ensuring the health and welfare of animal and human populations and setting high standards and values, such as demonstrating inclusiveness and diversity, encouraging and rewarding innovation, acting with integrity and mutual respect and supporting excellence in teaching, research, service and outreach. Overall for the ARBL include: 1. Increasing research funding through more interdisciplinary collaborations and the exploration of new revenue sources such as private donations and industry. 2. Growing and stabilizing graduate student education. Further develop existing federal and other funding mechanisms for Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) support; and integrate and support the MS Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) graduate program, while continuing to succeed in MS-Thesis and PhD graduate programs. 4. Exploring all ARBL/ERL internal and external services and identifying opportunities to increase visibility, revenue and quality of services. 5. Supporting a culture that fosters accountability, collaboration, team, transparency, equity, inclusion and diversity that feeds in positively to departmental missions in BMS, CS, MIP and ANSC-ES.

Robert Norrdin

Emeritus

Contact Information

Office: 970-297-5182

Office: 970-491-5016

Email: robert.norrdin@colostate.edu

Biography

After 37 years of dedicated service, Dr. Robert W. Norrdin retired from CSU in 2006. An ACVP Board certified pathologist, Bob made significant contributions in the areas of orthopaedic pathology, bone remodeling, metabolic bone diseases and nutritional pathology. He worked extensively with the Orthopaedic Research Center in support of its mission to diagnosis, treat and prevent musculoskeletal disease. Bob published over 85 papers during his CSU career which have received nearly 1200 citations.