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Department of Orthopedics

Department of Orthopedics

Research Faculty

CU Orthopedics

Nancy Hadley-Miller, MD

Professor and Director, Orthopedics Genetics Laboratory
Medical Director, Musculoskeletal Research Center
Children's Hospital Colorado

MD: University of Maryland Medical School, Baltimore, MD
Residency: General Surgery, Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Boston University, Boston, MA
Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopedics and Pediatric Orthopedics Research, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Research Focus:
Genetics of scoliosis, limb deformity and neuromuscular disorders

Learn more about our idiopathic scoliosis research »


Karen B. King, PhD

Associate Professor
Director, Orthopedics Molecular Biology Laboratory

BA, Biology, Goshen College, Goshen, IN
PhD, Biochemistry, Rush University, Chicago, IL

Research Focus:
Musculoskeletal disorders, cyclical articular joint loading; mechanobiology;
connective tissue biochemistry; work and sports-related injuries.

Professional Memberships:

1999-2006    Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Faculty (COEH), University of California, Berkeley, Davis, and San Francisco
1999-Present    International Society for Matrix Biology
2000-Present    American Society for Matrix Biology
2000-Present    Orthopaedic Research Society
1999-Present    Osteoarthritis Research Society International
2008-Present    American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

Karin Payne, PhD

Assistant Professor
Director, Regenerative Orthopedics Lab

BS, McGill University, Physiology
MS, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, University of Montreal, Biomedical Engineering, 2002
PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Bioengineering, 2007


Joel Bach, PhD

Adjunct Faculty Appointment

BSc Engineering, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York
PhD Biomedical Engineering, University of California Davis


James Carollo, PhD, PE

Associate Professor
Center for Gait & Movement Analysis (CGMA), The Children's Hospital
Director, Musculoskeletal Research Center, The Children's Hospital

BSc. and MSc. Bioengineering, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas
Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering Joint Program between University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas and Southwestern Medical Center

Research Focus: Recognition of human movement; application of wavelets for EMG analysis; and biomechanical modeling and automatic pattern development of novel movement measurement instruments to facilitate clinical decision-making.


Todd Baldini, MS

Lab Manager, Orthopedics Biomechanics Laboratory

BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
MS, Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY


Moshe Solomonow, PhD, MD (hon)

Professor Emeritus

BSc, MSc, Engineering, California State University, Los Angeles
PhD, Systems Engineering and Neuroscience, UCLA
Research Focus:
Musculoskeletal disorders identification, analysis, and treatment;
biomechanics; EMG; prosthetics and orthotics; work and sports related injuries.


​Erin Elizabeth Baschal, PhD

Professional Research Assistant, Orthopedics

PhD, Human Medical Genetics, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO
BA, Chemistry with a Biochemistry Option, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO

​Michelle Sauque

Professional Research Assistant, Orthopedics


BA, Latin American Studies, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Bill Schroeder

Professional Research Assistant, Orthopedics

BS, Biology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
BS, Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

Frank Somoza

Professional Research Assistant, Orthopedics

Associates of Arts in Medical Science, Denver Institute of Technology

Previous work experience:
Medical Assistant University of Colorado Hospital Orthopedics
Medical Assistant Instructor – Parks/Everest College
United States Navy Veteran

Maureen Welch

Administrative Lab Coordinator