Tristan Fowler, PhD

Doctor of Philosophy, Physiology and Biophysics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2013
Bachelor of Science, Cellular/Molecular Biology, Humboldt State University, 2006

Tristan graduated from Humboldt State University in Northern California in 2006. During his undergraduate, he worked primarily on naturally occurring bacteria, which retain the ability to break down by-products of oil spills. Afterwards, Tristan returned to his home state of Arkansas to work as a technician in the Lung Cell Biology Lab at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Tristan entered the Graduate School of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2007 as a Master’s student. One year later he transitioned into a Ph.D. program in the labs of Drs. Dana Gaddy and Larry Suva. Within the lab, Tristan pioneered research investigating the low bone phenotype in Down’s syndrome patients and mouse models. He then pursued his dissertation project focused on osteoclast motility in response to endocrine factors liberated from the bone matrix and was granted his Ph.D. in 2013. Tristan then travelled to Vienna, Austria and worked on a European Union-funded consortium project focused on the production of novel biomaterials for skeletal implantation. In January of 2015, Tristan joined the Alliston lab and is now pursuing projects pertaining to osteocyte activity in skeletal diseases such as osteonecrosis, osteoarthritis, and bone cancer metastasis.

Research Interests
• Skeletal maintenance
• Cancer/bone interactions

Favorite Hobby
Bike rides in the Marin Headlands

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