• Ph.D., Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan (2019)
  • MS Biomechanics, Ball State University (2011)
  • BS Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Ball State University (2009)

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Physiology, Indiana University School of Medicine, 2020-2022.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Molecular Imaging, Department of Radiology,  The University of Michigan, 2019-2020.
  • Senior Research Scientist, Imaging Research Department and Department of Biomedical Engineering, Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Vail, Colorado, 2011-2015.

Selected Publications

  • Surowiec RK, Allen MR, Wallace JM. Bone Hydration: how we can evaluate it, what can it tell us and is it an effective therapeutic target? Bone Rep. 2021 Dec 21;16:101161. PMID: 35005101
  • Warden SJ, Sventeckis AM, Surowiec RK, Fuchs RK. Enhanced Leg and Foot Bone Size, Microarchitecture and Strength in Female Collegiate Cross-country Runners with a History of Playing Multidirectional Sports. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2022 Aug 6. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35941520.
  • Surowiec RK, Ferris SF, Apfelbaum A, Espinoza C. Mehta RK, Monchamp K, Sirihorachai VR, Bedi K, Ljungman M, Galban S. Transcriptome Analysis of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Identifies Targetable ALDH-Positive Subset of Highly Tumorigenic Cancer Stem-like Cells.  Mol Cancer Res. 2021 Feb: 19(2):223-239. PMID: 33106374.
  • Choi SW, Gerhardson TI, Duclos S, Surowiec RK, Ulrich S, Galban S, Lee F, Balter J, Hall T, Xu Z. Stereotactic Transcranial Focused Ultrasound Targeting System for Murine Brain Models. IEEE Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq Control. 2021 Jan: 68(1):154-163. PMID: 32746229
  • Surowiec RK, Ram S, Idiyatullin D, Galban C, Kozloff KM. In Vivo Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers of Bone Quality and Mineral Density using Multi-Band-SWIFT Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Bone. 2020 Aug: e115615. PMID:32853850
  • Surowiec RK, Battle LF, Schlecht SH, Wojtys EM, Caird MS, Kozloff KM. Gene Expression Profile and Acute Gene Expression Response to Sclerostin Inhibition in Osteogenesis Imperfecta Bone. JBMR Plus. 2020 Jul; 4(8):e10377. PMID: 32803109
  • Surowiec RK, Battle LF, Ward FS, Schlecht SH, Khoury BM, Robbins C, Caird MS, Kozloff KM. A Xenograft Model to Evaluate the Bone Forming Effects of Sclerostin Antibody in Human Bone Derived from Pediatric Osteogenesis Imperfecta Patients. Bone. 2020 Jan; 130: 115-118. PMID: 31678490
  • Wilson KJ, Surowiec RK, Johnson NS, Lockard CA, Clanton TO, Ho CP. T2* Mapping of Peroneal Tendons Using Clinically Relevant Subregions in an Asymptomatic Population. Foot & Ankle International. 2017 Jun; 38(6):677-683. PMID: 28552042
  • Ho CP, Surowiec RK, Frisbie D, Ferro FP, Dornan DJ, Wilson KJ, Saroki AJ, Philippon MJ. Prospective in-vivo comparison of damaged and healthy-appearing articular cartilage specimens in patients with Femoroacetabular Impingement: comparison of T2 mapping, histological endpoints and arthroscopic grading. Arthroscopy. 2016 Aug; 32(8):1601-11. PMID: 27132779
  • Surowiec RK, Lucas EP, Fitzcharles EK, Petre BM, Dornan GD, Giphart JE, LaPrade RF, Ho CP. T2 Values of Articular Cartilage in Clinically Relevant Subregions of the Asymptomatic Knee. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. 2014 June;22(6):1404-14. PMID: 24271329


Ultrashort echo time MRI

Quantitative MRI

High-Resolution Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography (HR-pQCT)/CT

Musculoskeletal Biology


I apply non-invasive and non-destructive imaging techniques to assess tissue-level mechanisms responsible for disease onset and their response to therapeutic intervention. My work focuses on uncovering mechanisms associated with bone matrix water loss and identifying interventions to efficaciously normalize hydration and improve bone material properties.