Dr. Nadeen Chahine Awarded the 2022 ORS Adele Boskey, PhD Award

Nadeen Chahine, PhD was selected to receive the 2022 ORS Adele Boskey, PhD Award for her outstanding work and significant contributions to mentoring rising scientists working in the fields of orthopedics and musculoskeletal science and engineering.

The award, sponsored by the Orthopaedic Research Society, is given in recognition of Dr. Boskey’s pioneering and seminal research contributions; her sustained commitment to mentorship throughout her decades-long career; and the legacy of orthopaedic clinicians/scientists, biologists, engineering researchers and leaders that she launched. The award includes a commemorative plaque and a $5,000 honorarium, which Dr. Chahine will receive at the ORS 2022 Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida.

“When I saw the notice for the ORS Adele Boskey award, Dr. Chahine immediately came to mind as someone who embodies the principles Dr. Boskey always lived by, including an extraordinary commitment to mentorship, scientific excellence, and collaboration,” said Alice H. Huang, PhD; Associate Professor of Bioengineering and faculty member of the Carroll Laboratories for Orthopedic Surgery. “This is such a well-deserved honor, and I could not be more thrilled that she is receiving this acknowledgment of her achievements by the Orthopaedic research community!”

Dr. Chahine joined the Carroll Laboratories for Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in May of 2017 after serving as an Assistant Professor at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. In August of 2019 she was named Associate Director of the Carroll Laboratories, in recognition of her leadership and contributions to the department’s research mission.

“Dr. Chahine follows the proud tradition of Dr. Boskey, who inspired an entire generation of scientists in orthopedic research. I can think of no better recipient for this award than Dr. Chahine, said Steve Thomopoulos, PhD - Director of Carroll Laboratories for Orthopedic Surgery. “She is an incredible mentor, role model, and leader in the field.”

The Chahine Lab focuses on the degeneration and regeneration of musculoskeletal soft tissues, primarily in the spine's intervertebral disc. Using bioengineering tools, the team studies the biomechanics and mechanobiology of cells and tissues, emphasizing degradation processes and inflammation. The lab frequently collaborates with physicians in the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine to develop intervertebral disc disorders and back pain biomarkers.

“I’m grateful to Alice Huang who spearheaded the nomination within 1 month of joining our faculty and to Steve Thomopoulos for his support as well,” said Dr. Chahine.