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 13 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

Congratulations to Dr. X. Sherry Liu on being selected as a spotlight speaker for the 2020 ORS Annual Meeting!
July 18, 2019
Liu Laboratory

Congratulations to Hongbo Zhao and co-authors for their publication titled "Reproducibility and Radiation Effect of High-Resolution In Vivo Micro Computed Tomography Imaging of the Mouse Lumbar Vertebra and Long Bone" which was accepted for publication in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering!
July 10, 2019
Liu Laboratory

Congratulations to Leilei Zhong on being selected to receive a 2019 ASBMR Young Investigator Award!
July 10, 2019
Congratulations to Leilei Zhong on being selected to receive a 2019 ASBMR Young Investigator Award for her abstract presentation "Single Cell Transcriptomics Identifies a Unique Adipocyte Population That Regulates Bone Marrow Environment."
Qin Laboratory

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ANNOUNCEMENT: McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory is currently recruiting for Musculoskeletal Tenure Track Faculty. For more information about the position or to apply please click the following link. OPEN POSITION

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