Profile and Department: Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences, University of Guelph
Dr. Koch’s current research focus is on stem cell and tissue engineering-based therapies with joint cartilage repair being the main area of investigation. Studies on equine and human cord blood-derived MSCs are pursued in parallel using the horse as an in vivo pre-clinical animal model of human cartilage repair. Within this applied research approach basic mechanistic insights of the chondrogenic cell fate is sought including studies in the area of cell mechanobiology. Dr. Koch’s broader research interests are regenerative medicine, improved animal welfare through regenerative medicine approaches and the potential role of domestic companion animals as pre-clinical models of selected human diseases and disorders.