Michael Hast, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Director, Biedermann Lab for Orthopaedic Research
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Pennsylvania
Why did you choose to pursue a career in musculoskeletal research?
I have always enjoyed fixing things, which is why I pursued my degree in Mechanical Engineering. At the same time, the field of medicine (and orthopaedics in particular) has always fascinated me. In retrospect, I like to think that I didn’t choose this career– we inevitably found each other.
Three words how others describe you:
Smart, outgoing, quick-witted
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
How has ORS become an instrumental part of your career?
I always meet new people that have similar research interests at the annual meeting. It’s exciting to share ideas with people that truly understand and appreciate orthopaedic science. It’s been especially rewarding to have some of these relationships develop over the years, to the point that I have meaningful friendships and scientific collaborations with folks that used to be “strangers” to me.