Program Description

The Skeletal Biology and Regeneration program is focused on the skeleton, in development, disease, ageing and regeneration.

 Highlights for trainees in the Skeletal Biology and Regeneration program include:

  • A highly multi-disciplinary and collaborative program, with 35 research laboratories within the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine
  • Faculty mentors with expertise in diverse fields like skeletal biology, stem cells, cancer, immunology, oral biology, biomaterials, tissue engineering and drug discovery  
  • Basic and translational research projects addressing real human health problems like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, orthopedic injury, bone fracture, osteoporosis, congenital malformation of the face and limbs, tooth loss, bone cancer, limb amputation, and more.
  • Opportunity to learn and share research discovery at program-specific seminars and conferences
    • A seminar series featuring internationally renowned scientists
    • Annual Musculoskeletal Research Day
    • Annual Skeletal, Craniofacial, and Oral Biology Symposium
  • Versatile and flexible course curriculum
    • Coursework tailored to meet each student’s individual goals and interests
    • Basic graduate school requirements plus a choice of over 20 diverse offerings
    • In-depth specialty courses available like Skeletal Biology or Craniofacial & Oral Biology
    • Cross-listed courses available from UConn’s Bioengineering Program
    • Weekly multidisciplinary journal club
  • Active student engagement
    • Program social events (Annual Fall Boo Bash and December Holiday Happening)
    • Leadership development through service on program Executive Council or Subcommittees
    • Opportunity to gain unique teaching experience through teaching and outreach activities
  • Active faculty engagement
    • Faculty are nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in their fields
    • Faculty direct some of the best-funded and most active research programs at UConn
    • Faculty are leaders at the University in research, mentoring, and teaching
    • Alumni network
  •  Successful future careers:
    • Our PhD graduates have entered diverse careers in research, academia, education, industry, and government
    • A Ph.D. in the Skeletal Biology and Regeneration program can be combined with medical or dental training leading to dual M.D./Ph.D or D.M.D/Ph.D. degrees
    • A Ph.D. in the program can also be combined with dental clinical specialty training

For more details please review the Skeletal Biology and Regeneration Program Guidelines (PDF).


Ph.D. in Biomedical Science Program Admissions Process

Visit: Ph.D. in Biomedical Science Admission Process for information regarding application requirements for the Ph.D. in Biomedical Science Program.

The GRE General Exam requirement has been suspended for students applying to the Biomedical Science PhD program for Fall 2021 admissions.

The deadline for applications and supporting materials for Fall 2021 is December 1, 2020.

D.M.D./Ph.D. Program Admissions Process

Visit: D.M.D/Ph.D Track

  • Applicants must satisfy the course requirements specified for admissions to the School of Dental Medicine.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

Clinical Specialty/Ph.D. Program Admissions Process

Applicants to the combined clinical specialty/training program should contact the director of the desired clinical program as early as possible while in dental school. Acceptances are made by November of the year prior to appointment. For admission to the Ph.D. program, interested individuals should follow the Admissions Process described for Ph.D. in Biomedical Science Program. For further details on application procedures, interested individuals may contact director of the desired clinical program and the Director of the SBR Program.

M.D./Ph.D. Program Admissions Process

Visit: M.D./Ph.D. Program 

  • Applicants must satisfy the course requirements specified for admissions to the School of Medicine.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

Financial Support

Generally, students are initially supported by Research Assistantships from the Graduate Programs Committee, which currently provides student stipends for the first and second years. In subsequent years, the major advisors provide stipends.

The annual stipend for 2020-21, which is issued in bi-weekly payments, is $32,000 for all students within the Biomedical Science Ph.D. program, irrespective of their year or Area of Concentration. The financial support package also includes full payment of tuition and most associated fees, as well as availability of health and dental insurance. There is no teaching obligation associated with this stipend.


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