BME Welcomes Dr. Cherice Hill

January 30, 2024

hill_cherice350x500.jpgWe are pleased to announce that as of January 2024, Dr. Cherice Hill has officially joined the faculty of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rochester. Dr. Hill received a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and her MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Tech, focusing on movement mechanics in diverse populations as they relate to injury and disease risk. She extended her training with a postdoctoral fellowship in the multidisciplinary Clemson-MUSC Bioengineering Program studying temporomandibular joint function, structural and mechanical influences of ligamentous structures, and related health disparities.

"I couldn't be more delighted that Dr. Cherice Hill is joining our BME program here at the University of Rochester. Her research in health disparities and biomechanics has already been recognized by the NIH for its importance, and I can't wait to see how she builds on that work here."
- Professor Stephen McAleavey, Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Hill’s research concerns joint biomechanical function, particularly as it relates to pathologic risk, optimization of clinical outcomes, performance, and health disparities. Her doctoral research evaluated lower extremity joint (hip, knee, ankle) biomechanics in a racially diverse population to inform further investigation of racial disparities in musculoskeletal injury and disease risk. Her postdoctoral research implemented a multi-scale approach to characterize biomechanical function of the temporomandibular lateral capsule ligament complex to improve mechanistic understanding of temporomandibular joint dysfunction. 

"I’m also thrilled to welcome Dr. Hill to our department, where she will add strength to our educational and research programs in Biomechanics.  Her research complements our ongoing modeling of knee injuries and will bring exciting new experimental opportunities.  I look forward to collaborations with her and share her interest in better understanding the role of sex differences and racial disparities in musculoskeletal disorders. With TMD and knee osteoarthritis much more common in women, we will not achieve health equity without this careful attention to these potentially disabling conditions."
 - Professor Amy Lerner

Hill received an NIH K99/R00 MOSAIC grant and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship to support her research and was an American Association of Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research Hatton Competition finalist. She has authored 15 journal articles.

At Rochester, Hill will investigate multi-scale biomechanics of the human temporomandibular and lower extremity joints with a particular focus on diverse populations. Her work will address musculoskeletal health disparities by evaluating mechanisms of pathology and improving equity in translational research.


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