Washington University has a long record of excellence in musculoskeletal research and clinical care. 

Development & Translation

The Musculoskeletal Research Center’s primary goal is to support the Research Community (81 members who have over 66 million dollars of annual research support – direct costs) in the development, implementation and evaluation of animal models for musculoskeletal biology and medicine.   This reflects the collective emphasis of the Research Community in the use of small animal models for basic and pre-clinical musculoskeletal research.  Historically, the primary focus of Center investigators has been elucidating the biology and biomechanics of musculoskeletal cells and tissues, including cartilage, bone, tendon, ligament and intervertebral disc.  This remains an important thrust of our research.  Yet we have broadened our approaches in the past decade to better address musculoskeletal medicine and the development of therapeutic strategies that can be tested initially in small animals.  Our basic and translational research efforts will be directed toward an understanding of musculoskeletal biology at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels with the goal that such studies will directly impact our understanding of the pathophysiology of osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, muscular dystrophy, osteochondrodysplasias as well as regeneration of bone, cartilage, tendon and muscle.

Undergraduate URM Travel Grant Program:
2023 Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Meeting

Sponsored by WashU Musculoskeletal Research Center (MRC) &
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Two WashU undergraduates will be selected to attend the upcoming Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) meeting in Dallas, TX from February 10th – 14th, 2023 (see eligibility criteria below). Travel, food and lodging expenses will be fully covered by the Musculoskeletal Research Center/Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery; the ORS will provide complimentary meeting registration. The purpose of this award is to introduce undergraduate students to the field of orthopaedic research and enhance diversity in orthopaedics/musculoskeletal research at WashU and the ORS. The ORS meeting will provide a venue for the students to network with peers, meet leaders in the field of orthopaedic research, listen to cutting-edge research presentations, and learn about ways to get involved in orthopaedic research.

Eligibility criteria
• Underrepresented* WashU undergraduate majoring in a STEM field
• Able to attend the conference: February 10– 14, 2023 in Dallas, TX
• 18 years of age or older

Application instructions
• Applicants should apply online at: https://forms.gle/DPF3D5SuK4FjT39G7
Application deadline: Tue. November 29, 2022 at 11:59 PM CST


Applications will be reviewed by a diverse committee of faculty and trainees from MRC labs. Preference will be given toward students with little to no prior research experience, an interest in orthopaedic research and/or medicine, and sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have taken multiple STEM courses in college. If you have any questions, please reach out to Matthew Silva (silvam@wustl.edu) or Sylvia Qu (feini.qu@wustl.edu) before the application deadline. Applications will not be considered after the deadline. All applicants will be notified in early December with decisions.

*Underrepresented in STEM: women, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity—African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders, disability, LGBTQ+, veteran, first generation college, and/or socioeconomic status.

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New Faculty Position

We are excited to announce a new faculty position in Washington University Orthopaedic Research for tenure track Assistant Professor.