Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Russell Main
July 21, 2017
This week's Vet Gazette Faculty Spotlight focuses on Dr. Russell Main, who was recently promoted to associate professor of basic medical sciences in Purdue Veterinary Medicine's Department of Basic Medical Sciences. Dr. Main was one of ten promoted PVM faculty members recognized at this year's annual PVM Promotions Reception in May.
Dr. Main completed his bachelor's degree at the University of California, Berkeley in 2000. His undergraduate research training at the university was in paleontology and comparative biomechanics. In 2006, he received his PhD from Harvard University and completed his post–doc at Cornell University. His time at Cornell was focused on significant engineering research. "My four–year, NIH–funded post–doc in mechanical engineering at Cornell focused on skeletal adaptation to mechanical load and how age and estrogen status affect that process," Dr. Main shared. He came to the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 when he accepted the position of assistant professor of basic medical sciences and began teaching the first–year DVM curriculum in gross anatomy and histology.
An active member of the PVM community, Dr. Main has had many different roles throughout his time at the College. Aside from teaching, Dr. Main enjoys conducting extensive research and serving on the DVM admissions committee, helping to select prospective students for the DVM program.
Regarding his research, Dr. Main said, "My research program focuses on various aspects of skeletal tissue and cellular mechanobiology – that is, the skeleton's response to mechanical stimuli. Our goal is to understand how bone cells sense and respond to mechanical stimuli and the role these pathways play in skeletal disease and injury processes as well as their influence in the evolution of skeletal form across vertebrate species." Dr. Main also is playing a leadership role nationally related to the use of preclinical mouse models for orthopedic research and efforts to standardize the application of mouse models across all research groups and studies to improve reproducibility, rigor and repeatability.
With his extensive experience in engineering, Dr. Main also holds a joint appointment, serving as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering in Purdue University's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.
Outside the classroom, Dr. Main enjoys the great outdoors. He loves to go canoeing and participate in various sports such as soccer and ice hockey. When asked about his favorite aspect of the College, Dr. Main said, "The friendly, family atmosphere here. The other faculty and staff are very supportive!"
Congratulations to Dr. Russell Main, the focus of this week's Vet Gazette Faculty Spotlight, as one of ten promoted faculty this year!
Writer: Natalie Weber, PVM Communications Intern, email@example.com
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