Michael Rariden

I am a graduate student currently pursuing my thesis on evaluating regenerative medicine therapeutic outcomes in animal models. My interest in this area stems from the understanding that animal models offer the most physiologically-relevant way to study regenerative therapeutics. My work specifically focuses on enhancing histological image analysis and muscle force/torque production analyses. To accomplish this, I am utilizing tools such as image analysis using traditional and deep learning methods, applied graph theory, model fitting, and data visualization. Prior to my time at the University of Virginia, I obtained my undergraduate degree in bioengineering at Miami University, located in Ohio.

When I am not in the lab, I enjoy pursuing various hobbies. I am particularly passionate about training in judo and BJJ, but I also have many other interests. I enjoy a good read; both fiction and nonfiction. Backpacking is another activity that I enjoy, and having grown up in Illinois, I find that the Blue Ridge is far more captivating than the plains of my hometown. Although I have had the privilege of visiting Glacier, Zion, and Yellowstone national parks, the Blue Ridge holds a special place in my heart as it is located in my backyard. In my free time, I also like to fly fish and tie my own flies. As a General class amateur radio operator, I find myself exploring various communication technologies. Lastly, I love to ride my ‘05 Triumph Bonneville, which brings me great joy.