Skeletal Biology and Regeneration

Graduate student Aravamudhan in the skeletal biology lab

The Skeletal Biology and Regeneration Program is focused on the study of the basic biological properties of skeletal, craniofacial and oral tissues and regeneration of connective tissues. Research in Skeletal Biology and Regeneration is problem oriented and multidisciplinary, incorporating contemporary research techniques of cellular and molecular biology, and biochemistry. There are approximately 35 faculty in the program representing a number of schools, departments, institutes and centers. This interdisciplinary group of scientists is engaged in advancing understanding of the biology of bone, cartilage, teeth, oral tissues and skin and exploring development, maintenance, disease, and the potential for regeneration of these tissues. A Ph.D. in program can be combined with D.M.D. or M.D. training leading to D.M.D./Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. degrees.

Particular areas of research strength are listed below. The Research Areas link to the right lists the faculty working in each of the three broad areas and the individual faculty pages provide details of their interests.

  • Stem Cells, Development and Aging
  • Bone and Cartilage Disease
  • Genetic Disorders of the Skeleton
  • Skeletal Repair and Regenerative Engineering
  • Craniofacial and Oral Biology

Skeletal Biology and Regeneration Program Details_2023-2024

**Admissions Note**
The GRE General Exam is no longer required NOR considered for admission to the Biomedical Science PhD program. 

The application for Fall 2025 will open in mid-September. The deadline for application, application fee, and supporting materials for Fall 2025 is December 1, 2024. For detailed application information, please visit our Admissions Process page.