Michelle Delco received her DVM from Cornell University in 2002, before completing a residency in Equine Surgery at the University of California, Davis and becoming a diplomate of the American College of Surgeons in 2007. She practiced equine surgery and sports medicine until returning to Cornell in 2012 to complete her PhD (’16), investigating mitochondrial dysfunction as a link between cartilage injury and posttraumatic osteoarthritis (OA). She is currently an Assistant Research Professor at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and serves as a large animal surgeon at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals in Ithaca NY, and Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists in Elmont, NY. Her research is focused on understanding the role of mitochondria in the initiation of OA, developing methods to diagnose early joint injury, and investigating mitochondria-targeted therapies to prevent OA and related diseases of orthopedic soft tissues. Her group is also interested in understanding the role of mitochondrial function in regenerative medicine, and developing new strategies to improve healing of orthopedic tissues after injury.