Dr. Seth Donahue

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
School of Biomedical Engineering

Contact Information

Office Location: Building TBA Engineering
Phone: 970-297-5050
Fax: 970-491-3827
Email: seth.donahue@colostate.edu


Dr. Donahue received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, followed by post-doctoral fellowship in bone cell biology at the Penn State Medical Center. He studies the comparative biomechanics and physiology of bone in species ranging in size from Trinidadian guppies to Alaskan dinosaurs (Edmontosaurus), with particular focus on hibernating mammals (eg, pocket mice, arctic ground squirrels, marmots, black bears, and grizzly bears), frequently invoking Krogh’s principle, to understand the evolutionary and translational physiology of bone. Other research areas include modeling and mimicking the biological materials involved in absorbing impacts during bighorn sheep ramming. He also studies translational bone regeneration therapies for clinical applications such as osteoporosis, osteosarcoma, and the repair of large bone defects.

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  • B.S. 1992, Worcester Polytechnic Institute – Mechanical Engineering
  • M.S. 1997, University of California, Davis – Biomedical Engineering
  • Ph.D. 1999, University of California, Davis – Biomedical Engineering