BIOGRAPHY - Farshid Guilak, Ph.D. Farshid Guilak, Ph.D. is the Laszlo Ormandy Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center and is the Vice-Chair and Director of Orthopaedic Research. His research focuses on the study of osteoarthritis, a painful and debilitating disease of the synovial joints. His laboratory has used a multidisciplinary approach to investigate the role of biomechanical factors in the onset and progression of osteoarthritis, as well as the development of new pharmacologic and stem-cell therapies for this disease. Dr. Guilak has published over 230 articles in peer-reviewed journal and has co-edited three books. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biomechanics, associate editor for Osteoarthritis & Cartilage, and serves on the editorial boards of 8 journals. He is the Founder and President of Cytex Therapeutics, an early stage startup company focusing on tissue engineering for musculoskeletal diseases. In his free time, he serves as the coach for the Duke racquetball team.