Molecular and biomechanical research is the major focus of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery's research laboratories.
Established when the department was founded in 1969, the Orthopaedic Research Laboratories became the Lawrence J. Ellison Musculoskeletal Research Center in 1997, made possible through a generous gift by Lawrence J. Ellison, president and chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation, to help develop a world-class research center in skeletal molecular biology.
The laboratories provide a facility where faculty, residents, fellows, medical students, graduate and undergraduate students and visiting scholars can conduct broadly interdisciplinary research in tissue and cellular biomechanics, regeneration and repair.
The 8,000 square-foot center houses a machine shop, materials testing laboratory, cell and molecular biology laboratory, histology laboratory, tissue culture facilities, microscopy laboratory and microsurgery suite. Computing facilities are available for mathematical modeling of mechanical stresses in skeletal structures and implants. In addition, the laboratories use an outstanding animal research facility at the 160-acre Animal Resources Service facility on the Davis campus. The laboratory staff includes seven basic science faculty, administrative staff, two technicians and typically a dozen postgraduate researchers: fellows, residents, visiting scholars, medical students and graduate students.
Collaborative Research Opportunities
UC Davis provides a rich environment for biomedical research. It is the site of the esteemed University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine — the largest veterinary school in the nation; the world-renown California National Primate Research Center; and the Department of Biomedical Engineering, recent recipient of a $12 million Whitaker Foundation Leadership/Development grant that triggers some $35 million in matching funds. The Facility for Advanced Instrumentation provides access to a variety of sophisticated research equipment. Research collaborations have involved the Departments of Veterinary Pathology, Mechanical Engineering, Animal Science, Chemical Engineering and Material Science and Biomedical Engineering.
Learn more about the orthopaedic surgery research faculty and their research areas of interest. Also learn about the research of all faculty, including our clinical faculty.