Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people

Lab Members


Principle Investigator

Ph.D. Students


Post Doctoral Fellows

Masters Students


Surgical Residents

Ph.D.. Alumni



Lisa Fortier

Principle Investigator

Dr. Lisa Fortier

Lisa A. Fortier, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, is currently a professor of Large Animal Surgery at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Fortier received her DVM from Colorado State University, and completed her PhD and surgical residency training at Cornell University. She has received numerous awards from organizations including the International Cartilage Repair Society, the Orthopaedic Research Society, and Cornell’s Pfizer Award for Research Excellence. Dr. Fortier serves on several scientific journal advisory boards, NIH review panels, the Morris Animal Research Council, and is President of the International Cartilage Repair Society. She has exceptionally mentored numerous veterinary students, undergraduates, graduate students, and surgical residents whom many have gone onto prestigious programs. Dr. Fortier continues to strive for excellence in her research, surgical expertise, and mentorship.


Ph.D. Students

  Michelle Delco
  DVM, Dipl. ACVS Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  Investigating early events in post-traumatic osteoarthritis


Julio Sunshine
BS University of Vermont

Post Doctoral Fellows

Cassandra Quinlan 2011-2012
DVM, St. Georges University School of Veterinary Medicine, Grenada

Stacie Boswell 2010-2011
DVM, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia

Taralyn McCarrel 2007-2010
DVM, Ontario Veterinary College, Ontario

Christine Montague 2006-2008
PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, Virginia

Laila Begum 2005-2008
PhD, Biomedical Sciences, Kagoshima University, Japan

Amber Boeham 2003-2004
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University, New York

  Masters Students

Hannah Holmes 2012-2013
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
"Identification of the Optimal Biologic to Enhance Endogenous Stem Cell Recruitment"

Brooke Wilson 2011-2012
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
"Stability of Growth Factors in Platelet Rich Plasma"


Shannon Walsh ‘14
  Cornell University, Honors in Research, past lab technician

Jessica Cross ‘11
  Cornell University, past lab technician

Keir Ross '12
  Cornell University, Honors in Research

Elise Sideris '09
  Cornell University, Honors in Research

Rachel Donocoff '07
  Cornell University, Honors in Research

Chris Torre '07
  Cornell University, Hughes Scholar 2006, Honors in Research

Jennifer Battista '07
  Cornell University Presidential Scholars Program, Honors in Research

 Yan Xiang Amber Liang '06
  Cornell University Presidential Research Scholar

Sara Yannascoli '06
  Cornell University, High Honors in Research,

Abigail Greg '05
  Cornell University, Hughes Scholar 2004, High Honors in Research

  Surgical Residents

Jacqueline Hill 2014-2015
DVM, University of California Davis, California

Wade Walker 2013-2014
DVM, Colorado State University, Colorado

"Microscopic pathological evaluation of the initiating factors leading to subchondral bone cysts"

Hayley Lang 2012-2013
DVM, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Canada

Mike Maher 2011-2012
DVM, Colorado State University, Colorado
"Plasma and synovial fluid concentration of doxycycline following low-dose, low-frequency administration, and resultant inhibition of matrix metalloproteinase-13 from interleukin-stimulated equine synoviocytes"

  Ph.D. Alumni

Kira Novakofski
MS, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Cornell University, New York

Lauren Schnabel
DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, New York

Catherine Radcliff Hackett
DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, New York

Jennifer Cassano
DVM, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, New York