Victoria “Torie” Duke joined SPRI in November 2020. Her primary research includes understanding the effect of fisetin as a potential therapeutic for both the treatment and prevention of fractures in murine models. Additionally, she plays a critical role in collecting and analyzing data collected from the ongoing clinical trials.
In 2017, Torie obtained her degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Chemical and Biological Engineering with a minor in Applied Statistics. Throughout undergrad, she worked in a variety of research labs focusing on tissue engineering, imaging, and mechanical engineering. Upon graduation, Torie completed a research project at the Children’s Hospital Denver where she collaborated with orthopedic surgeons and scientists to investigate the relationship between semi-circular canal spatial abnormalities and idiopathic scoliosis.
Torie then spent two years in industry as a biomedical engineer working with physicians and engineers to virtually plan craniofacial surgeries and design patient-specific temporomandibular prosthesis. Torie is excited to return to the world of research in such a translational setting and will be applying to PhD programs beginning Fall of 2022.
Away from work, Torie loves to explore her home state of Colorado through hiking, climbing, skiing, and mountain biking.