The Musculoskeletal Biology Research Focus Area brings together multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary researchers who study the morphology, development and function of musculoskeletal system. This work spans multiple levels of biological organization, from cellular to ecologic. Our researchers study bone, muscle, cartilage and connective tissue in humans and other mammals using basic, translational and clinical approaches. Focused disease areas include osteoporosis and osteoarthritis that includes multiple model systems.The focus area consists of eight laboratories, eight faculty, multiple post-doctoral fellows, research staff, orthopedic residents, graduate and undergraduate students, visiting faculty and exchange medical students. Research and administrative activities include research meetings, journal clubs, small discussion groups, review research proposals and graduate education.
Our research faculty collaborate with academic institutions (local, national and international), clinical departments at regional hospitals and federal institutions.