As a fellow in our program, you will develop an individualized training plan and conduct high-quality research with opportunities for publication, grant writing, conference presentation and seminar/grand rounds attendance.

Post-doctoral lab

Faculty tailor mentoring to the fellow's individual goals to help them achieve intellectual and professional independence and success.

Fellows live in a vibrant college town that provides the entertainment, diversity and culture of a larger city while enjoying a relaxed atmosphere and low-cost living.

Applications are not being accepted at this time.


Our goal is to expand and enhance the biomedical scientific workforce to address essential clinical challenges through basic and translational approaches.

We provide research training to talented, motivated postdoctoral scientists and resident physician-scientists to enhance foundational training and productivity in musculoskeletal-related fields and provide comprehensive support for the quantifiable benchmarks that define successful scientists — publications and grant awards.

Post-doctoral fellows will work to achieve intellectual and professional independence and success by evolving their knowledge in the following areas:

  • Scholarship
  • Research skills
  • Leadership and management
  • Communication
  • Ethical, legal and professional responsibilities


Research is the cornerstone of the post-doctoral experience. Fellows will design, conduct and synthesize a cohesive research project during their training. Fellows are exposed to a wide variety of methods employed by researchers in musculoskeletal fields, including laboratory-based methods, research design, statistical methods, analytical techniques, innovative software and hardware and emerging methodologies. Post-doctoral fellows present their work at professional conferences, prepare and submit manuscripts to scholarly journals for publication and develop grant applications for federal funding agencies.

A comprehensive research infrastructure is available during the fellowship, including the Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics — a state-of-the art lab with internationally recognized faculty and staff. Fellows have access to a director of research, IRB coordinator, grants and contracts coordinator, research nurses, editors and a medical illustrator.

Meeting opportunities

Post-doctoral fellows have the opportunity to attend and present at major national meetings, such as the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), American Association of Anatomists (AAA) and Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).