UCLA Regenerative Musculoskeletal Medicine Training Program



The training program is open to any UCLA postdoctoral fellow who is a US citizen or permanent resident and whose research interest focuses on aspects of musculoskeletal biology.

The goal of this training program is to provide an in-depth understanding of regenerative musculoskeletal medicine in areas of investigation ranging from development biology and pathobiology to tissue repair and bioengineering.  As the goal of this training grant is to foster the development of interdisciplinary scientists, trainees must have a co-mentor in a complimentary field.

Post-doctoral fellows typically enter the program in their second or third year and are required to complete academic and research activities with oversight from a faculty mentor and the training grant committee.

Selected trainees are eligible for up to two years of funding.

The training program is open to any UCLA postdoctoral fellow that: 1] has the equivalent of a clinical (e.g., MD or DDS) or PhD doctoral degree; 2] has documented a commitment to an academic career in biomedical musculoskeletal research; and 3] possesses US citizenship or permanent residency in the US.

Emphasis is placed on conducting research in special populations, including women, children, geriatric persons, and members of ethnic minority groups.  Candidates from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, those with disabilities and/or individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to respond. 

Preference will be given to those with at least one year of postdoctoral training experience.  The latest timing of the application round can be viewed at - UCLA Regenerative Musculoskeletal Medicine Training Program Application

Program Directors:

Applications for 1-2 post-doctoral positions for the Regenerative Musculoskeletal Medicine Training grant are open for the academic year 2023 - 2024. Download the application and related documents below.

The applications must be received electronically by 12 noon PST on Monday, March 25, 2024. 

Selected candidates and their mentors will receive their determination by email 6-8 weeks after submission.  Funding and appointment dates of the selected candidates will be determined at that time.

Post-doctoral fellows will be required to submit an annual progress report and two evaluations, one evaluation for the trainee and one evaluation for the mentor. The progress report listing curriculum taken and evidence of active collaboration with the laboratories of the mentor and co-mentor will be essential for potential renewal.

Please email your application to: Gloria Kiel; [email protected]


John S. Adams, MD

Distinguished Research Professor

Orthopaedic Surgery, Medicine and the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

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Nicholas M. Bernthal, MD

Professor, Chair and Executive Medical Director

Jeffrey J. Eckardt Endowed Chair

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Karen M. Lyons, PhD


Orthopaedic Surgery, Medicine and the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

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Program Administrator:

Gloria Kiel
Director of Research Administration
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