Dr. Anusha Ratneswaran

Dr. Anusha Ratneswaran, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Dalhousie University, 2017-2018

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Western Ontario, 2016-2017

PhD, University of Western Ontario, 2011-2016



Research Interests:

After training in Kinesiology at McMaster University, I went on to work in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation where my interaction with patients taught me about the burden of musculoskeletal diseases such as arthritis and low-back pain. My motivation to learn more about these conditions led me to obtain my doctoral degree in Physiology from the University of Western Ontario with a specialization in Musculoskeletal Health Research. My doctorate focused on evaluating therapeutic targets in preclinical models of Osteoarthritis (OA). I used molecular and functional approaches to assess animal models of musculoskeletal disease such as surgical, diet, and age-associated OA using both genetic and pharmacological tools. Following this, I travelled to the east coast of Canada to learn about mechanisms regulating neuropathic pain in arthritis. My current research interests involve examining the molecular changes that occur in Osteoarthritis in order to find new therapies, this includes:

  • Defining molecular signatures in joint tissues and matched bio-fluids through transcriptomics to discover novel therapeutic targets in Knee OA
  • Evaluating potential OA therapies using pre-clinical animal models
  • Identifying biomarkers in Hand OA


Recent Accomplishments:


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2019)

Krembil Research Institute Post-Doctoral and Clinical Research Fellowship Award (2018)