About Us

Henak Lab members have diverse backgrounds and scientific expertise.  This diversity allows us to work together to creatively address questions within our three research themes.

Open Post-Doc Position: Diagnosis of Incipient Condylar Stress Fracture of the Fetlock in Thoroughbred Racehorses

A postdoctoral position in mechanical testing and finite element modeling is available in the Comparative Orthopaedic Research Laboratory (School of Veterinary Medicine) and the Henak Laboratory (College of Engineering) at UW-Madison. The long-term goal of this research project is to reduce serious injuries in Thoroughbred racehorses, many of which result in euthanasia, by leveraging the recent development of standing CT for horses via Asto CT. The short-range goals, which the postdoc will accomplish with the research team, are to understand micromotion in lesions in the equine fetlock bone, and use a finite element model to identify third metacarpal/metatarsal bones with imminent risk of articular stress fracture (condylar fracture).

A candidate with a PhD in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering or a similar field, with experience in mechanical testing and finite element analysis is preferred. The candidate will be expected to develop expertise in whole bone testing and finite element analysis and will work with other team members to analyze and report results. The candidate will be co-supervised by a veterinary clinician-scientist and an engineer, and will form part of an interdisciplinary team. The project is funded through the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

Applications for the position should include a CV, cover letter stating research background and interests, and contact information for three professional references.  Please send applications to:

Corinne Henak, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, chenak[at]wisc[dot]edu

Peter Muir, BVSC, PHD, DACVS, FRCVS, Professor, Department of Surgical Sciences, peter[dot]muir[at]wisc[dot]edu




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Principal Investigator

Corinne Henak (Google Scholar, Pubmed, Mech Engg Dept Video)

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Denver, 2008
Ph.D. in Bioengineering, University of Utah, 2013
Post-doc in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University, 2013-2015

Corinne joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UW-Madison in 2015.

Corinne is from Colorado and got hooked on coffee as a graduate student in Utah.  She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, two sons and daughter.

Research Staff

Rikin Soni

B.S. in Neurobiology and Philosophy, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2020

Rikin is a research intern in the Henak lab. He joined the lab in September 2020, amidst the pandemic. His focus is on cartilage metabolism.

He hopes to enter medical school in a couple years on his path to becoming a surgeon.

Rikin is from the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He loves reading, working out, doing photography in his free time, and following his curiosity.

Graduate Students

Dipul Chawla

Masters of Technology in Biomedical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, 2017-2019

Mechanical Engineer, Samsung Heavy Industries, India, 2015-2017

Bachelors of Technology in Mechanical Engineering, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 2011-2015


Dipul is from Delhi, India and is a second year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering, UW Madison. During the masters, he worked on 3D Bioprinting for cartilage tissue engineering. Dipul’s research interest includes biomechanics, orthopedics, additive manufacturing, mechanical design, and material science.

Jack Fahy

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2020

Jack is pursuing his Master’s in Biomedical Engineering through the 1 year Accelerated Program. He joined the Henak Lab as an undergraduate and is remaining for graduate school, where he will continue his research on the mechanical response of articular cartilage to impact loading. Jack’s emphasis is in biomechanics with special interests in orthopedic and cardiovascular devices. He hopes to enter the medical device industry as a product design or research and development engineer.

Jack is from Rochester, NY, which many people assume is by New York City, but is actually about 6 hours north in the upstate region (NY is very big!). As an upstate New Yorker, he stands by Wegman’s being the greatest supermarket in the US and is a devout Buffalo Bills fan. In his free time, Jack enjoys reading, playing guitar, and being an armchair expert on movies.

Josh Shelley

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Madison-Wisconsin, 2018

Josh is a 1st year master’s student in Mechanical Engineering. He is studying the mechanical response of articular cartilage to impact loading. His goal is to be able to better understand and predict how the mechanics of cartilage influence the initiation and progression of osteoarthritis.

Josh is from Appleton, Wisconsin, where he was instilled with a reverence for the natural world. He loves any activity or place that supplements/reignites this love. Josh is also an avid reader, loves to run and play all manner of sports, and is on an only slightly-pretentious journey to accumulate the most eclectic Spotify library in the Midwest.

Fun fact: even though he looks 35 in the picture provided, he is actually only 23 (maybe it’s the beard?)!

Jason Soukup

Founding Fellow, AVDC Veterinary Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2017
Board-certified Veterinary Dentist, American Veterinary Dental College, 2009
Dentistry and Oral Surgery Residency, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006-2009
Rotating internship, Alameda East Veterinary Hospital – Denver, CO, 2002-2003
DVM, Texas A&M University, 2002
B.S., Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, 1998

Jason is a clinical associate professor of veterinary dentistry and oromaxillofacial surgery in the School of Veterinary Medicine and a 4th year PhD student in Comparative Biomedical Sciences. He is studying the correlation between structure at various length scales and the elastic and viscoelastic behavior of dentin and enamel in a dog canine tooth model. He is also investigating the elasticity-density relationship of dentin. His ultimate goal is develop patient-specific finite element models for use in dental and craniofacial applications. His clinical interest is the application of computer-aided surgical planning and 3-D printing in oromaxillofacial oncologic surgery

Jason enjoys the generous support of his wife and two daughters. His free time is spent running and cycling as well as working on home improvement projects.

Carla Winsor

Whitaker International Program Fellow, 2017-2018, hosted by University of Sheffield and Insigneo Institute for in silico medicine

M.S. Engineering Mechanics, Department of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin Madison, May 2017

M.S. Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics track), Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin Madison, August 2019

M.S. Mechanical Engineering (Thesis), Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin Madison, August 2019, Thesis title: Phantom-less CT-Density Calibration for Femur Strength Prediction

B.B.A in Organizational Leadership (departmental honors: magna cum laude), Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico, May 2014

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (cum laude), Illinois Institute of Technology, December 2013

Carla’s research motivation is the improvement of healthcare through the application of engineering. Her PhD research is focused primarily on the patient specific finite element modelling of bone and associated in vitro experiments. As the primary imaging modality for bone, CT scanners are also of research interest.

She is honored to be a student member of the Virtual Physiological Human Institute, and the chair of the Student Leadership Committee for SB3C 2019. She also enjoys the GradSWE and Tau Beta Pi communities.

Carla is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and enjoys writing. Carla believes in connecting with people through the exploration of science and technology, finding ways to encourage people to build the confidence to pursue STEM, and building communities focused on applying STEM to make a difference. In her academic career, she has made mentoring underrepresented minorities a priority and implemented teaching-as-research to improve the classroom experience for minorities.

Undergraduate Students

Charlie Hower

hower_croppedCharlie is an undergrad in BME.





Amanda Kemper

Amanda is a PEOPLE Scholar and a Faustin Prinz Fellow from Racine, WI. She is a Junior studying Mechanical Engineering. Amanda’s research is involved with understanding the local mechanics of cartilage repair sites. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree, she intend to work in the field of prosthetics to create low-cost, customizable prostheses or in the Medical Industry as a Design Engineer.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys playing guitar and singing. She has two ferrets that she adores greatly named Felix and Kodiak. Amanda spend much of her time inventing using SolidWorks while doing freelance design projects. She also enjoy weightlifting and tennis.

Alexey Mineav

mineav_croppedAlexey is a recent graduate in biochemistry.





Ashley Pernsteiner

Ashley is a Sophomore Research Fellow studying Mechanical Engineering.  Her research focuses on the difference in performance between automated and manual medical image segmentation.  She is interested in CT calibration, especially for use in patient specific Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of femoral bone.  Upon completion of her bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.

Outside of her engineering studies, Ashley enjoys singing, playing the piano, painting, and cycling.  She is a proud member of Women in Mechanical Engineering (WME).



Shannon K. Walsh, PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences, University of Wisonsin-Madison, 2020, currently:  law school.

Guebum Han, PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconson-Madison, 2019, currently:  post-doc at University of Minnesota.

Jin Wook Hwang, M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019, currently:  graduate student at Northwestern University.

Alex Teague, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019, currently:  Auris Health.

Jared Muench, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018, Research Intern 2018-2019, currently:  medical student at Medical College of Wisconsin.

Jacob Andreae, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018

Kelly Vazquez, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018, currently:  graduate student at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Matthew Grondin, Thesis M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018, currently:  graduate student at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Danielle Redinbaugh, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017, currently:  Project Engineer at Nortech.

Trenton Roeber, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017, currently:  Phillips-Medisize.

Liam Moreland, currently:  undergraduate at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Meghan Collins, currently:  undergraduate at University of Wisconsin-Madison.