Research areas in the department span the molecular to organ levels of bone and joint function. We study cells, tissues, and whole bones and joints in order to advance disease prevention and improve the repair of fractures and failed joints. The faculty and staff includes postdoctoral associates, biomedical engineers, cell biologists, and experienced hard-tissue histologists with specific training in biomechanics, bioimaging, and cell and molecular biology methods.
The scientific environment of the department is outstanding, with strong interactions between basic and clinical scientists. The department runs an Orthopedics Resident Education program, which meets weekly and comprises lectures, tutorials, case presentations, journal club, and research presentations. Basic science trainees are welcome to attend along with the surgical residents.