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Tom Wronski

ProfessorDr. Tom Wronski

Department of Physiological Sciences
Box 100144
1333 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610-0144
wronskit@ufl.edu
Office:  (352) 294-4044
Fax: (352) 392-5145

Education

  • B.S., Biology, St. Joseph’s College, Philadelphia, 1972
  • Ph.D., Anatomy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1979

Honors & Awards

  • Graduated Cum Laude, St. Joseph’s College, 1972
  • NASA Cosmos Achievement Award, for participation in U.S. experiments on the Soviet Cosmos 1129 biological satellite, 1981
  • C.E. Cornelius Young Investigator Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, 1988
  • Member, Editorial Board for the journal Bone, 1989-present
  • Graduate Student Service Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, 1994
  • SmithKline Beecham Award for Research Excellence, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, 1994
  • NIH MERIT Award for sustained contributions to aging research, National Institute on Aging, 1997
  • Member, External Advisory Council for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, 1997-2003
  • Research Professorship Award for a distinguished record of research and scholarship, University of Florida, 1999
  • Member, Board of Directors for the International Society of Bone Morphometry, 1999-present
  • Member, Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, 2003-present
  • Teacher of Year Award, Class of 2007, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, 2004
  • Member, Editorial Board for the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 2006-2010
  • President, International Society of Bone Morphometry, 2009-2012
  • College Council Teacher of the Year, UF College of Veterinary Medicine, 2013
  • SCAVMA Basic Sciences Teacher of the Year, UF College of Veterinary Medicine, 2013 

Research Interests

My research involves preclinical testing of new drugs and hormones for the prevention and treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis, a bone disorder that afflicts millions of elderly women. These studies are performed in the ovariectomized rat, a widely accepted animal model for postmenopausal bone loss. Bone samples are subjected to histomorphometric analysis with a computer-assisted, image analysis system to determine the effects of the various treatments on bone mass and levels of bone resorption and formation. In addition, molecular biology techniques are used to determine the effects of novel osteoporosis therapies on gene expression for selected growth factors, cytokines, and bone matrix proteins. The same histomorphometric and molecular biology techniques are used to investigate the skeletal effects of actual and simulated space flight.

Recent Publications

Additional publications here

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