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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McKay Laboratory News

Yay Michelle!
July 23, 2024
Congratulations to Michelle Meyers on passing her qualification exam! We are all so happy for you and are proud of all your hard work and dedication. Yay Michelle!
Baxter Laboratory

Congrats to Giulia, The Queen of ASBMR!
July 16, 2024
Giulia Lanzolla is quite popular at ASBMR 2024! Her abstract titled "Genetic Or Pharmacological Inhibition Of Hypoxia Inducible Factor 2 (HIF2) Boosts The Osteoblast Population And Augments Bone Mass" has been selected for a plenary poster AND an oral presentation at the “2024 ASBMR Pre-Meeting Symposium on Energy Metabolism in Skeletal Development and Disease” AND she was awarded the ASBMR 2024 Annual Meeting Young Investigator Travel Grant!!!!
Schipani Lab

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Newton, Stephanie Weiss, Courtney Nuss, Christelle Darrieutort-Laffite, Jeremy Eekhoff, Dr. Birk, and Dr Soslowsky!
July 05, 2024
Congratulations to Joey, Steph, Courtney, Christelle, Jeremy, Dr. Birk, and Dr Soslowsky for their manuscript, 'Decorin and/or biglycan knockdown in aged mouse patellar tendon impacts fibril morphology, scar area, and mechanical properties' which was accepted for publication in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research!
Soslowsky 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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