Nam Vo, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
The overall goal of Dr. Vo’s research is to understand the role of cellular senescence in promoting spinal aging and low back pain. Specifically, his lab is interested in elucidating the mechanisms of how ATM drives NF-κB-dependent DNA-damage-induced senescence in the intervertebral disc.
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Rodent models: rat model of annular puncture-induced lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration and back pain behavior, Ercc1-/D progeroid mouse model.
Assays: proteoglycan synthesis (35S-sulfate) and collage synthesis (3H-L-proline) assay.
Tissue cultures: primary human annulus fibrosus, nucleus pulposus, cartilaginous endplate 2D and 3D cell cultures, functional spine unit (FSU) culture in biomechanical bioreactor.
Proteoglycan, cellular senescence, intervertebral disc, low back pain, DNA damage, NFkB, ATM