I received my Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco and completed 2 postdoctoral training positions: at Lund University, Lund, Sweden and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. From 1996 through 1994, I was director of the Urological Biomechanics Laboratory at Hines VA Hospital, Hines, IL and Department of Urology at Loyola University School of Medicine, Maywood, IL. In January 2005 I moved my laboratory to the Departments of Biomedical Engineering of the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, where I also maintain a joint appointment in the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. I concurrently run a laboratory at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. I have over 20 years’ experience investigating causes of and treatments for benign urological conditions and pelvic floor disorders, urinary incontinence, urethral dysfunction, and fecal incontinence. I have had research funding consistently throughout that time from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Veterans Affairs, private foundations, and private corporations. My current research interests include methods to promote neuromuscular and extracellular matrix regeneration for application to pelvic floor disorders including stress urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and fecal incontinence; as well as development of wireless catheter-free devices for improved diagnosis and treatment for urinary and fecal incontinence. I have 1 issued patent and 5 patents pending, over 140 peer-reviewed publications, and was recently appointed to the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Digestive Diseases and Kidney Disorders (NIDDK) of NIH, as one of two members representing Urology. I am an internationally recognized expert in the fields of laboratory-based and preclinical investigations in pelvic floor disorders, as well as for development of both novel therapies and novel methods of assessing/diagnosing dysfunction. I have won multiple awards for research, teaching, and promotion of a gender-fair and equitable training environment.