SARAH ROONEY Assistant Professor

Sarah Rooney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

304 Spencer Lab
Newark, DE 19711
P: 302-831-4778



  • Ph.D. in Bioengineering, 2015, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, 2010, University of Michigan
  • B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, 2009, University of Michigan


  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Engineering Education


Dr. Rooney’s scientific research background has focused on musculoskeletal injury mechanisms and the beneficial and detrimental adaptations of tissue to load. In particular, she has studied how muscle and tendon respond biologically and mechanically to acute and chronic exercise and the effects of the commonly used pharmaceuticals ibuprofen and doxycycline on these tissues.  Her work aimed to provide a foundation to answer the bigger question, “How does exercise go from good to bad?”  In addition to scientific research, Dr. Rooney has an interest in enhancing engineering education and bringing evidence-based teaching practices to the classroom.  Specifically, she has incorporated active-learning techniques and helped to develop the skills of teaching assistants for active classes.



  1. Rooney SI, Torino DJ, Baskin R, Vafa RP, Kuntz AF, Soslowsky LJ. Rat Supraspinatus Tendon Responds Acutely and Chronically to Exercise. J Appl Physiol, 2017 June . [Epub ahead of print]. (PMID: 28663377)
  2. Rooney SI, Baskin R, Torino DJ, Vafa RP, Khandekar PS, Kuntz AF, Soslowsky LJ. Ibuprofen Differentially Affects Supraspinatus Muscle and Tendon Adaptations to Exercise in a Rat Model. Am J Sports Med, 2016 Sep; 44(9):2237-45. (PMID: 27281275)
  3. Stephens JS, Rooney SI, Arch ES, Higginson JS. Bridging Courses: Unmet Clinical Needs to Capstone Design (Work in Progress). 123rd Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, New Orleans, LA, 2016, paper ID 17041.
  4. Lanier A, Khandha A, Rooney SI, Santare MH, Higginson J, Buckley JM. Work in Progress: Improving Scientific Writing Capability in an Undergraduate Population using a Fading Paradigm Scaffolding Approach. 123rd Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, New Orleans, LA, 2016, paper ID 16068.
  5. Rooney SI, Tobias JW, Bhatt PR, Kuntz AF, Soslowsky LJ. Genetic Response of Rat Supraspinatus Tendon and Muscle to Exercise. PloS one, 2015 Oct; 10(10):e0139880. (PMID: 26447778)
  6. Rooney SI, McGurk JS, Elliott ER, Dourte Segan LM. Facilitating the Transition of a Traditional Engineering Course to a Structured, Active, In-Class Learning Environment as a Teaching Assistant. 122nd Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, Seattle, WA, 2015.
  7. Dourte Segan LM, Rooney SI. Structured, Active, In-Class Learning: Connecting the Physical to the Mathematical in an Introductory Biomechanics Course (Work in Progress). 122nd Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, Seattle, WA, 2015.
  8. Rooney SI, Loro E, Sarver JJ, Peltz CD, Hast MW, Tseng W-J, Kuntz AF, Liu XS, Khurana TS, Soslowsky LJ. Exercise Protocol Induces Muscle, Tendon, and Bone Adaptations in the Rat Shoulder. Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal, 2014; 4(4):413-419.
  9. Thomas SJ, Reuther KE, Tucker JJ, Sarver JJ, Yannascoli SM, Caro CC, Voleti PB, Rooney SI, Glaser DL, Soslowsky LJ. Biceps Detachment Decreases Joint Damage in a Rotator Cuff Tear Rat Model. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 2014 Aug; 472(8):2404-12.
  10. Reuther KE, Thomas SJ, Tucker JJ, Sarver JJ, Gray CF, Rooney SI, Glaser DL, Soslowsky LJ. Disruption of the Anterior-Posterior Rotator Cuff Force Balance Alters Joint Function and Leads to Joint Damage in a Rat Model. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 2014 May; 32(5):638-44.