Dr. Joseph Stains is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland, School Of Medicine. Dr. Joseph Stains completed his B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology and Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology from the Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Joseph Stains’s research interest includes the study of intercellular communication among the cells of bone. Primarily, Dr. Joseph Stains examine the role of the gap-junction protein connexin43 in transmitting signals among bone-forming osteoblasts. Dr. Joseph Stains uses in vivo models, as well as molecular, biochemical and cell biological approaches to determine the role of connexin43 in bone and to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underpinning the impact of connexin43 on osteoblast gene transcription, signal transduction and bone formation.