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Feini (Sylvia) Qu, VMD, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar


Dr. Feini (Sylvia) Qu is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with Dr. Farshid Guilak in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Qu obtained her undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Biology at Duke University (2009). She then trained as a clinician-scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, where she completed her PhD in the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Robert Mauck (2016) and her VMD (2017) through the VMD-PhD combined degree program.

Her current research seeks to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms of digit regeneration using a mice model. This work will investigate the signals that direct cells to regenerate tissues of the digit after amputation, with the goal of identifying new approaches to promote the restoration of complex musculoskeletal tissues in adults in a clinically relevant and translatable fashion. Ultimately, Dr. Qu aims to study musculoskeletal repair and regeneration as an independent academic researcher.


Qu F, Guilak F, Mauck RL. Cell Migration: Implications for Repair and Regeneration in Joint Disease. Nature Reviews Rheumatology. 2019.
Qu F*, Holloway JL*, Esterhai JL, Burdick JA, Mauck RL. Programmed Biomolecule Delivery to Enable and Direct Cell Migration for Connective Tissue Repair. Nature Communications. 2017 Nov; 8(1):1780. *Co-first authors.
Qu F, Li Q, Wang X, Cao X, Zgonis MH, Esterhai JL, Shenoy VB, Han L, Mauck RL. Tissue Maturation State and Matrix Microstructure Regulate Interstitial Cell Migration in Dense Connective Tissues. Scientific Reports. 2018 Feb; 8(1):3295.
Qu F, Pintauro MP, Haughan JE, Henning EA, Esterhai JL, Schaer TP, Mauck RL, Fisher MB. Repair of Dense Connective Tissues via Biomaterial-Mediated Reprogramming of the Wound Interface. Biomaterials. 2015 January; 39:85-94.
Qu F, Lin JG, Esterhai JL, Fisher MB, Mauck RL. Biomaterial-Mediated Delivery of Degradative Enzymes to Improve Meniscus Integration and Repair. Acta Biomaterialia. 2013 May; 9(5):6393-402.
Qu F, Stoeckl BD, Gebhard PM, Hullfish TJ, Baxter JR, Mauck RL. A Wearable Magnet-Based System to Assess Activity and Joint Flexion in Humans and Large Animals. Ann Biomed Eng. 2018 Dec; 46(12):2069-2078.
Hullfish TJ, Qu F, Stoeckl BD, Gebhard PM, Mauck RL, Baxter JR. Measuring Clinically Relevant Knee Motion With A Self-Calibrated Wearable Sensor. In review.
Bansal S, Keah NM, Neuwirth A, O'Reilly O, Qu F, Seiber B, Mandalapu S, Mauck RL, Zgonis MH. Large Animal Models of Meniscus Repair and Regeneration: A Systematic Review of the State of the Field. Tissue Eng Part C Methods. 2017 Aug; 23(11):661-672.
Bansal S, Mandalapu S, Aeppli C, Qu F, Szczesny S, Mauck RL, Zgonis MH. Mechanical Function Near Defects in an Aligned Nanofiber Composite is Preserved by Inclusion of Disorganized Layers: Insight into Meniscus Structure and Function. Acta Biomaterialia. 2017 July; 45:102-109.
Li Q, Qu F, Han B, Wang C, Li H, Mauck RL, Han L. Micromechanical Anisotropy and Heterogeneity of the Meniscus Extracellular Matrix. Acta Biomaterialia. 2017 May; 54:356-366.
Li Q, Wang C, Han B, Qu F, Hao Q, Li CY, Mauck RL, Han L. Impacts of Maturation on the Micromechanics of the Meniscus Extracellular Matrix. J Biomech. 2018. April 2017; 72:252-257.
Riggin CN, Qu F, Kim DH, Huegel J, Steinberg DR, Soslowsky LJ, Mauck RL, Bernstein J. Electrospun PLGA Nanofiber Scaffolds Release Ibuprofen Faster and Degrade Slower After In Vivo Implantation. Ann Biomed Eng. 2017 Jun; 45(10):2348- 235.
Nwe K, Huang CH, Qu F, Warden-Rothman R, Mauck RL, Tsourkas A. Cationic Gadolinium Chelate for Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Cartilage Defects. Contrast Media Mol Imaging. 2016; 11(3): 229-235.
Koga T, Ji Y, Seo YS, Gordon C, Qu F, Rafailovich MH, Sokolov JC, Satija SK. Neutron Reflectivity Study of Glassy Polymer Brushes in Density Fluctuating Supercritical Carbon Dioxide. J Polymer Sci Part B. 2004; 42(17):3282-3289.

Book Chapters

Qu F, Fisher MB, Mauck RL. Basic Science of Meniscus Repair: Limitations and Emerging Strategies. Meniscal Injuries: Management and Surgical Techniques. Ed. J.D. Kelly, IV. Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, 2014. pp 105-114.


Qu F, Gebhard PM. Systems and Methods for Joint Activity Monitoring. US Patent 20170231533 A1. Filed Aug 21, 2015.