Michael Mienaltowski

Michael Mienaltowski

Position Title
Assistant Professor

Animal Science


Mienaltowski, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science, is a veterinarian who specializes in molecular and applied physiology. Mienaltowski completed his D.V.M. at Michigan State University in 2004, his Ph.D. in veterinary science at the University of Kentucky in 2008, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida before joining the UC Davis faculty in 2014.

Research interests:

Equine and livestock physiology, musculoskeletal biology, functional genomics, development, maturation, and repair of tendons and other connective tissues, extracellular matrix/niche organization, tissue engineering.

Brief overview:

The musculoskeletal system includes the bones of the skeleton, the muscles, and the connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons. Proper functioning of the musculoskeletal system is essential to health, production, and performance of animals in general. Musculoskeletal injuries and disorders are both costly and debilitating for performance species such as dogs, horses, and humans, as well as for production species such as cattle, swine, and poultry.

I am interested in the physiology of usage and elite performance of all musculoskeletal tissues in all species. I am also interested in acute and chronic injury in musculoskeletal tissues for all species, whether the pathophysiology is related to use, environment, or genetics. My research focuses on how cell biology and niche, or a tissue’s molecular composition and organization, affect an animal’s musculoskeletal system in physiology and pathophysiology.

Current projects:

  • Tendon proper and peritenon-derived stem/progenitor cells
  • Manipulation of niche for tissue engineering and insight into tissue (primarily tendon) development, maturation, and repair
  • Investigation of musculoskeletal cell and tissue phenotypes and molecular physiological states in health, injury, and illness