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Damian C Genetos- BA, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor in Residence and Assistant Research Scientist
Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology

2207 Vet Med 3B
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 754 0146


Research Focus

Bone cell mechanotransduction; cellular and molecular biology techniques

Specialty Focus

Cell biology


1999 BA Physics, History, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
2002 MS Physiology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
2005 PhD Physiology, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA
2007 Skeletal mechanotransduction, UC Davis School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
2010 Stem cells, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Orthopaedic Research Lab

Honors and Awards

2011-2012 Collaborative Exchange Award, Orthopaedic Research Society
2010 Academic Federation Research Travel Grant
2009 Research award, 2009 Gordon Research Conference on Atherosclerosis, Tilton, NH
2008-2011 NIH Individual National Research Service Award
2002 Young Investigator Award, Fourth Bone Fluid Flow meeting, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2001-2004 NASA Pre-doctoral fellow

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Integration of TGF-ß/ALK5 on Wnt signaling and mechanotransduction in bone, (Principal Investigator), NIH NIAMS

Principal Investigator, Engineered tissue matrices to interrogate prostate cancer migration and tumor formation, Damian Genetos (Principal Investigator), University of California Cancer Research Coordinating Committee

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2015 Khorasani MS, Diko S, Hsia AW, Anderson MJ, Genetos DC, Haudenschild DR, Christiansen BA Effect of alendronate on post-traumatic osteoarthritis induced by anterior cruciate ligament rupture in mice Arthritis Research and Therapy,
  • Link Icon 2014 Heffner MA, Anderson MJ, Yeh GC, Genetos DC, Christiansen BC Altered bone development in a mouse model of peripheral sensory nerve inactivation Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interaction,
  • Link Icon 2014 Chahine NO, Collette NM, Thomas C, Genetos DC, Loots GG Nanocomposite scaffold for chondrocyte growth and cartilage tissue engineering: Effects of Carbon nanotube surface functionalization Tissue Engineering,
  • Link Icon 2014 Genetos DC, Wong A, Weber TJ, Karin NJ, Yellowley CE Impaired osteoblast differentiation in Annexin A2- and -A5-deficient cells PLoS ONE,
  • Link Icon 2013 Binder BY, Genetos DC, Leach JK Lysophosphatidic acid protects human mesenchymal stromal cells from differentiation-dependent vulnerability to apoptosis Tissue Engineering,
  • Link Icon 2013 Genetos DC, Donahue HJ Genomic approaches in breast cancer research Briefings in Functional Genomics,
  • Link Icon 2012 Genetos DC, Zhou Z, Li Z, Donahue HJ Age-related changes in gap junctional intercellular communication in osteoblastic cells J Orthop Res,
  • Link Icon 2012 Toupadakis CA, Wong A, Genetos DC, Chung DJ, Murugesh D, Anderson MJ, Loots GG, Christiansen BA, Kapatkin AS, Yellowley CE Long-term administration of AMD3100, an antagonist of SDF-1/CXCR4 signaling, alters fracture repair J Orthop Res,
  • Link Icon 2012 Collette NM, Genetos DC, Economides AN, Xie L, Shahnazari M, Yao W, Lane NE, Harland RM, Loots GG Targeted Deletion of Sost Distal Enhancer Increases Bone Formation and Bone Mass Proc Natl Acad Sci USA,
  • Link Icon 2012 Morales-Hernandez D, Genetos DC, Working DM, Murphy KC, Leach JK Ceramic identity contributes to mechanical properties and osteoblast behavior on macroporous composite scaffolds J Funct Biomater,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2014 Donahue HJ, Duncan RL, Genetos DC: Channel activation and mechanotransduction, Neu C and Genin G, (ed), CRC Handbook of Imaging in Biological Mechanics. 433-442.

2012 Genetos DC, Jacobs CR: Bone cell mechanoresponsiveness, X.E. Guo and M.R. Silva, (ed), Skeletal Aging and Osteoporosis: Biomechanics and Mechanobiology. 177-90.

2005 Duncan RL, Genetos DC: Calcium signaling in osteoblasts in response to mechanical stimulation, R. Aaron and M. Bolander, (ed), Physical Regulation of Skeletal Repair, Rosemont, IL. .