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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Welcome Katy Strand!
February 09, 2024
The Hast Lab welcomes Katy Strand to the team as a PhD student! Katy completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware and will be pursuing projects in the realm of implant design and function.
Hast Laboratory

Congratulations to Emily Sharp on Receiving ORS Spine Section Poster Award
February 06, 2024
Congratulations to all members of the Gullbrand Lab on their presentations at the Orthopaedic Research Society's 2024 Conference in Long Beach, California! Notably, PhD student Emily Sharp received the ORS Spine Section Poster Award for her outstanding project "A 'Clickable' Hydrogel for Annulus Fibrosis Repair After Intervertebral Disc Herniation." Dr. Sarah Gullbrand also presented during the Spine Biomechanics and Wearables session, highlighting our work understanding how rigid plate fixation of a tissue engineered disc replacement impacts adjacent facet degeneration over short and long durations in a large animal model.
Gullbrand Laboratory

New Additions to the Baxter Lab
January 12, 2024
We are very happy to have both Michelle Meyers and Stanton Godshall join the Human Motion Lab where they will complete their doctoral training in bioengineering while being mentored by Dr. Baxter. We are excited to see where their research takes them!
Baxter 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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