Welcome to McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory

A program in orthopaedic research at the University of Pennsylvania was established in 1960, and in 1979 the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory officially opened, establishing all of the orthopaedic research laboratories in the same physical location. Currently, the McKay Lab is a thriving, multidisciplinary facility that occupies more than 22,000 square feet of space in Stemmler Hall in the Perelman School of Medicine. Our multi-faceted research programs involve the participation of more than 120 research personnel from 17 distinct laboratories. Research expenditures in McKay total more than $15,000,000 per annum, supported largely through extramural funding including grants from the National Institutes of Health, Veteran's Administration, other governmental agencies, private foundations, and industry. We are consistently ranked in the top 5 among Orthopaedic Departments nationally in terms of NIH funding. Our overall mission is to conduct high quality fundamental and translational research and to train the next generation of leaders in our field. Moreover, the McKay Lab serves as the focal point for the NIH-supported Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders, a university-wide Center that provides resources and a forum for scientific exchange through annual symposia, a year-long seminar series, a pilot grant program and other activities. 

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Congratulations to the Liu Lab and PCMD Biomechanics Core!
May 15, 2023
Congratulations to the Liu Lab and PCMD Biomechanics Core for being awarded an NIH S10 Share Instrument Grant entitled "An integrated nano- and micro-indentation system for musculoskeletal tissue and biomaterials" to purchase a Hysitron TI 980 TriboIndenter.
Liu Laboratory

Congratulations to Yuanhang for being admitted to the PhD program at Boston University!
May 10, 2023
Yuanhang Li was admitted to the PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at the Boston University! Congrats, Yuanhang! We're so proud of you and look forward to your excellent research at Boston. Keep in touch!
Liu Laboratory

Congratulations to Kruti for being accepted to the MD program at UCLA!
May 10, 2023
Kruti Desai received the "Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship" for pursuing her MD at David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA! Kruti, we're so proud of you, congrats! We look forward to seeing your excellence during your MD years. Keep in touch!
Liu Laboratory

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Congratulations to the new Penn Medicine Achilles Tendon Research Center and the Center founding Director Dr. Lou Soslowsky.  See article at Penn Medicine News

February 7, 2023 - Penn Almanac Press Release

Congratulations to the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory for being Ranked #1 in 2021 for NIH Funding. See article at Penn Medicine News

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