Dana Gaddy, PhD

May 26, 2021

Dana Gaddy, PhD, is a tenured Professor in the Veterinary Integrative Biosciences Department at Texas A&M University, where her current research is focused on the mechanisms underlying rare bone diseases of Down Syndrome using multiple mouse genetic models, and Hypophosphatasia based upon her lab’s generation through gene editing of the first large animal model of bone disease in the sheep. Dr. Gaddy received her PhD in Cell Biology focused on ovarian function in Dr. JoAnne Richard’s lab at Baylor College of Medicine, and completed her post-doctoral fellowship on neuroendocrine actions of Activin A at the Salk Institute in the laboratory of the late Dr. Wylie Vale. Before moving to Texas A&M University in 2015, Dr. Gaddy spent her academic career at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where her NIH funded research interests focused on two major research areas of endocrinology. Her research team was the first to demonstrate the synthesis and activity of Activin A in the bone marrow, report the in vivo bone anabolic effects of Inhibin A during gonadectomy and fracture healing, as well as the correlation of circulating Inhibin levels and markers of bone turnover across the menopause transition.  Another area of research emphasis of the Gaddy lab has been characterizing the musculoskeletal changes associated with age and disuse, as well as the age-dependent effects of exercise on restoring bone mass and strength. 

In her academic role, Dr. Gaddy has frequently served in mentorship roles and developed mentorship programs for faculty and trainees across multiple societies. She is the 2019 recipient of the Gideon A Rodan Award for Outstanding Mentorship from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, where she has also served as an elected Council member and Basic Science Annual Meeting Chair.  Dr. Gaddy is Past-President and Board member of the Advances in Mineral Metabolism society, whose goal is to mentor young investigators in the field of bone biology to become successful. Within the Endocrine Society, Dr. Gaddy has served on its Annual Meeting Steering Committee, and served the Women in Endocrinology Society as Chair of the Communications Committee, and as President. She is currently an Associate Editor of Endocrinology, reviews for all major endocrine and bone-related journals, and has participated in multiple aspects of career development in the Early Career Forum since 2017.

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