Dr. Jurutka received his BS from the University of Nevada and a PhD from the University of Arizona, both with honors. His graduate work was immediately followed by postdoctoral research at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where he also taught first-year medical students for over ten years. In 2004, he joined the faculty at Arizona State University and in 2006, he became a founding faculty member at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in a joint appointment. Dr. Jurutka is an active member of several scientific research societies, and he has also received a number of honors, including the Norwich-Eaton Young Investigator Research Award for significant contribution to the field of bone and mineral research, the John Haddad Young Investigator Award, as well as teaching awards bestowed by the medical students that he helped train. He has also mentored several undergraduate, graduate and medical students who have gone on to successful and productive careers in research and medicine.