Resident, University of Washington
McDevitt Lab Graduate Student 2008-12
Project Title:
“Osteogenic differentiation and mineralization of embryonic stem cells”


Ken received his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Yale University in 2004.   As an undergraduate, he performed research in theDepartment of Cellular and Molecular Physiology on membrane protein sorting and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering on drug delivery of chemotherapeutic agents.  He is currently pursuing an M.D., Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Todd McDevitt’s laboratory. 


Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering
Yale University

Research Interests

Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) represent a promising cell source for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications, such as the use of ESC-derived osteoprogenitor cells to repair bone defects. My research examines the osteogenic differentiation and matrix mineralization of embryonic stem cells. Further investigation of the directed osteogenic differentiation of ESCs will not only enhance our ability to derive cells for therapeutic applications, but also provide a window into the early stages of bone development and formation.  


Best Poster Award, Emory Medical Scientist Training Program Retreat, Peachtree City, GA (2011)

NIH Medical Scientist Training Program Training Grant, Emory University School of Medicine (2004-present)

Hilton Head Student Travel Award (2007)

Olivares-Navarrete R, Sutha K, Hyzy SL, Hutton DL, Schwartz Z, McDevitt TC, et al. Osteogenic differentiation of stem cells alters vitamin D receptor expression. Stem Cells and Development. 2012;.