Skeletal Biology Laboratory

Skeletal Biology Laboratory

College of Health

The Skeletal Biology Laboratory (SRL) is dedicated to improving bone health and reducing osteoporosis-related fractures.

The SRL consists of two research divisions: Basic and Applied. Each division houses state-of-the-art equipment and has a successful externally funded research program.

The Basic Research Division conducts studies related to regulation of bone growth and turnover at the molecular, cellular, and tissue level.

The Applied Research Division conducts clinical research to understand human musculoskeletal health and to develop, test and implement physical activity programs that reduce the risk of osteoporosis-related fractures.

Together, the Basic and Applied Research Divisions span from the basic biology of skeletal health and disease to the application of this knowledge to reduce osteoporosis-related fractures at the public health level and are well positioned to conduct clinical-translational research.


A femur scanned and reconstructed using micro-computed tomography. The femoral neck (not readily visible here between the baseball and glove) is a common fracture site in postmenopausal women.