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

Development & Translation

  • Pilot & Feasibility Grants
  • Outreach to Other Disciplines
  • Translational Projects
  • Incentives for Large-scale Collaborative Projects

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.

WashU MRC/YSP Summer Focus Internship Program

Call for Volunteer Mentors

The MRC is partnering with the WashU DBBS Young Scientist Program (YSP) to sponsor two high school students to work in MRC labs this summer as part of the Summer Focus program.

This 8-wk program offers St. Louis area high school students (rising seniors) the opportunity to work as paid interns in WUSM labs.

The MRC will pay for student stipend, and the YSP will provide additional enrichment and learning opportunities and handles all the administration.

If you have any interest in serving as a mentor to a high school student this summer, or want to know more, please reach out to Matt Silva (silvam@wustl.edu) or Sylvia Qu (feini.qu@wustl.edu).

We hope to have two mentors identified by the end of February.

New Faculty Position

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