Elizabeth Rendina-Ruedy, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Maine Medical Center Research Institute, 2017
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2015
A three-time Oklahoma State University (OSU) alumna, she earned both a nutritional sciences master’s (2009) and PhD from the College of Human Sciences (2014) and also holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry (2007). In addition, Dr. Rendina-Ruedy did her postdoctoral training both at the Vanderbilt Center for Bone Biology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Maine Medical Center Research Institute. Dr. Rendina-Ruedy’s research training has been deeply rooted in bone biology with an emphasis in nutritional biochemistry.
As an OSU graduate student, Dr. Rendina-Ruedy’s research focused on how bioactive components in food alter bone metabolism in the context of several model systems, including ovarian hormone deficiency, chronic inflammation, and diet-induced obesity. She also received a predoctoral grant to conduct research on the role of autophagy in bone metabolism through a study that looked at the links between childhood obesity and early bone health. Dr. Rendina-Ruedy was named Human Sciences Outstanding PhD Student in 2013 and was recently named as one of ten international recipients of the 2019 John Haddad Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. The current focus of the Rendina-Ruedy lab is to develop a comprehensive understanding of how metabolic pathways impact bone health, with the vision to translate these data to new treatments that can improve the quality of life for patients with compromised bone health.