Aaron Fields, PhD

Aaron Fields, PhD

Aaron Fields, PhD

Assistant Professor
Basic Science

Education


Postdoctoral Fellowship University of California, San Francisco 2013
PhD University of California, Berkeley 2010
BS University of Denver 2005

Publications

Grants & Awards

  • 2022, Role of the cartilage endplate in spinal disc degeneration, R01AR070198

Membership & Committees

About Aaron Fields, PhD

Aaron Fields, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Denver in 2005, and his Masters and Doctoral degrees, also in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008 and 2010. His undergraduate research was on the use of probabilistic techniques to evaluate knee implant performance, and both of his graduate thesis projects focused on discovering the mechanisms of vertebral fragility using high-resolution computational models. Aaron was appointed to a faculty position at UCSF after completing his post-doctoral fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery in 2015. His background includes extensive research in experimental and computational biomechanics. Aaron is an active member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Aaron currently directs the Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Biotransport Laboratory at UCSF. The lab's broad research interests are related to structure-function relationships in musculoskeletal tissues, with a particular focus on the mechanisms of nutrient transport in bone and cartilage and harnessing nutrient transport for tissue repair and regeneration. The lab combines engineering and biology approaches for (1) understanding the effect of aging and disease on structure-transport relationships and (2) developing translatable diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. An overall theme of this research is the use of advanced experimental and computational tools to measure how tissue constituents at the nano- and microscales impact whole-organ behavior.

Current projects:
1. diagnostic tools for assessing endplate permeability and therapies for enhancing endplate permeability

2. role of lacunar-canalicular system permeability in osteonecrosis of the femoral head

3. nanoscale and microscale contributions to diabetic skeletal fragility

Awards Honors

  • Young Investigator Research Grant Award
    2016
    Young Investigator Research Grant Award, North American Spine Society, 2016
    North American Spine Society
  • Editor's pick, June 2015: Fields et al. "Alterations in intervertebral disc composition..."
    2015
    Editor's pick, June 2015: Fields et al. "Alterations in intervertebral disc composition...", Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 2015
    Journal of Orthopaedic Research
  • Young Investigator Travel Award
    2013
    Young Investigator Travel Award, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, 2013
    American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
  • Cover image, October 2012: Fields et al. "Vertebral fragility and structural redundancy"
    2012
    Cover image, October 2012: Fields et al. "Vertebral fragility and structural redundancy", Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 2012
    Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
  • Young Investigator Award
    2011
    Young Investigator Award, Philadelphia Spine Research Society, 2011
    Philadelphia Spine Research Society
  • Postdoctoral Scholar Travel Award
    2011
    Postdoctoral Scholar Travel Award, University of California, San Francisco, 2011
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Young Investigator Travel Award
    2007
    Young Investigator Travel Award, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, 2007
    American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

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