The Skeletal Disorders Training Program (SDTP) is an NIH-funded T32 institutional training program available to PhD students, MD/PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.

The goal of the SDTP is to provide an interdisciplinary infrastructure to mentor and train the next generation of scientists and clinician-scientists in skeletal research. This program offers pre- and post-doctoral training in 5 broadly defined thematic areas:

  1. Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
  2. Skeletal Development and Regeneration
  3. The Skeleton and Other Systems
  4. Skeletal Immunology
  5. Tumor-Skeleton Interactions

While the focus of the program is on molecular mechanisms of skeletal biology and diseases, many projects have strong translational components. Clinically-oriented research training opportunities are also offered. Most basic scientists in our mentor pool have collaborations with clinicians, offering opportunities to develop translational research projects. Some mentors have active clinical practices,

Our 28 SDTP mentors represent nine departments from two schools, offering a wide range of interdisciplinary training opportunities in musculoskeletal research.