Paul A. West

Adjunct Associate Professor

Main Affiliation

Mechanical Engineering



Paul A. West


Musculoskeletal Research, STEM Education and Laboratory Development. 


Osteoarthritis (OA) and Osteoporosis (OP). Fourier Transform-Infrared Microspectroscopy and Microscopic Imaging, Infrared Fiber Optic Probe sampling, micro-CT and mechanical analysis of bone and cartilage. 3-D printing of bone adaptation models.

Dr. West has multiple presentations and publications in peer reviewed journals.


Stem Education - Faculty Mentor


  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
  • Elsevier Foundation for Women in Science Program
  • LaGuardia (STEP): Science Technology Entry Program
  • City College Academy for Professional Preparation (CCAPP)


Determination of the Ultrastructure of Connective Tissue by an Infrared Fiber Optic Spectroscopic        

Probe”; US Patent #09/853,298; UK Patent 0226099

Book Chapter

Chapter title: FT-IR Imaging and Micro spectroscopy

                        Osteoporosis-Methods in Molecular Medicine (2008)

Newspaper Article

Published title: Cultivating a National Agenda in STEM. The Sunday Gleaner of Jamaica, WI. 2013


Selected Publications

  • Monitoring the Progression of Spontaneous Articular Cartilage Healing with Infrared Spectroscopy. 
  • Megan P. O’Brien, Madhuri Penmatsa, Uday Palukuru, Paul West, Xu Yang, Mathias P. G. Bostrom, Theresa Freeman, and Nancy Pleshko. Cartilage 2015
  • Temporal changes in collagen cross-links in spontaneous articular cartilage repair.
  • Masahiko T, Damle S, Penmatsa M, West P, Yang X, Bostrom M, Hidaka C, Yamauchi M, Pleshko N. Cartilage. 2012. 
  • Fourier Transform-Infrared Microspectroscopy and Microscopic Imaging 
  • Gourion-Arsiquaud S, West PA, Boskey AL. Methods in Molecular Biology. 2008.
  • Histological and Molecular Structure Characterization of Annular Collagen after Intradiscal Electrothermal Annuloplasty.
  • D. Southern, G. Lutz, P.A. West, N. P. Camacho, M. Spevak, A. Bracilovic, S. Doty
  • The Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery, 2006. 
  • FT-IR Imaging Spectroscopy Analysis of Collagenase-Induced Cartilage Degradation
  • P.A. West, P.A. Torzilli, C. Chen, P. Lin, N.P. Camacho. Journal Biomedical Optics 2005.
Journal Reviewer: The International Society for Optical Engineering