Meet Our Team

Ortved Lab
Dr. Kyla Ortved, New Bolton Center


  • Assistant Director of Large Animal Surgery
  • Director of the Ortved Lab
  • Jacques Jenny Endowed Term Chair in Orthopedic Surgery

Kyla is an assistant professor of Large Animal Surgery at New Bolton Center, the large animal campus of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. She received her DVM  degree from the University of Guelph  in 2006  and completed her large  animal  surgical residency at Cornell University in 2010.  Following her residency, Dr. Ortved went on to obtain a PhD in equine cartilage repair at Cornell University in June 2014. She has a long-standing interest in the development, prevention and treatment of post-traumatic osteoarthritis and is excited by the translational nature of this research between veterinary and human medicine.

Renata Linardi, Ortved Lab

Renata Linardi, DVM, MS, PhD

  • Research specialist
  • Lab manager
 Renata is a research specialist and lab manager in the Ortved lab. Renata received her DVM  degree from Universidade Estadual Paulista-UNESP in Brazil in 2000.  Following veterinary school  she completed a residency in large  animal  anesthesiology and surgery. Renata then went on to obtain a PhD in pharmacology and molecular  biology from Louisiana State University in 2010.  After completion of graduate school, she came  to New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania to complete a post doc. She joined the Ortved lab as a research specialist and lab manager in 2016.  In her free time, Renata enjoys  spending time with her family.
Dr. Sarah Ciamillo, Ortved Lab

Sarah Ciamillo, DVM

  • 2020-2021 MARS Equestrian Early Career Investigator
Sarah is the 2020-2021 MARS Equestrian Early Career Investigator. Sarah received her DVM degree from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona in 2019. After graduating, she moved back east and completed a one year rotating internship at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, New Jersey. While at New Bolton Center, her main research project is focusing on assessing fetlock bone morphology in 2-year-old Thoroughbred racehorses in their first year of training using the standing robotic CT. In her free time, Sarah enjoys hiking, riding her horse Wyatt, and hanging out with her Maine Coon, Hubert.
Dr. Angela Gaesser, Ortved Lab

Angela Gaesser, DVM, DACVS

  • COHA translational research fellow
Angela is a COHA translational research fellow in the Ortved lab. She received her DVM from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed internships at Tennessee Equine Hospital and New Bolton Center. Most recently, Angela completed a residency in large animal surgery at New Bolton Center. In her free time, Angela enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with family and her dog, Foxy.
Kayla Even-Ortved Lab

Kayla Even, BS, Biology

  • Research Technician
Kayla is a research technician in Dr. Kyla Ortved's lab at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.  She graduated from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in biology.  Her research at Temple focused on cardiac tissue formation in zebrafish, while her research at Penn focuses on equine orthopedics.  She intends to pursue a veterinary degree in the near future specializing in large animal surgery.  She is interested in how advancements in equine orthopedics translates to advancing human orthopedics and the practices that are currently  in place.   In her spare time she enjoys volunteering with horses, swimming, and biking.