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Ward's research focuses on investigating the impact of cell therapy on the intervertebral disc (IVD) using magnetic resonance. In the human body, the IVD is the largest avascular structure that depends on nutrient diffusion to maintain its cells and the extracellular matrix (ECM). Therefore, it is important to understand the impact of introducing more cells to the IVD as that could increase the demand for glucose and lead to nutrient depravation in the disc which could inhibit cell regeneration and render the therapy to be ineffective in the long run.
Ward is a Ph.D student in Bioengineering studying the impact of cell therapy on the intervertebral disc using magnetic resonance imaging. Before OSU, Ward grew up in Israel where his fascination for biological engineering first started. He earned an A.S. degree from Portland Community College then transferred to OSU to earn a B.S. in Bioengineering. Ward is an alumnus of both the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.