Musculoskeletal Research

Director

Westendorf, Jennifer Jane (Jennifer) Ph.D.

Summary

The Musculoskeletal Research Training Program provides opportunities for postdoctoral fellows, predoctoral (Ph.D.) students and medical students in basic and clinical musculoskeletal research projects. The scope of research projects spans orthopedics, biomechanics, biomedical engineering, endocrinology, epidemiology, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and genetics.

All trainees are expected to make significant contributions to the biomedical literature and to participate in Musculoskeletal Research Workshops and Journal Clubs. Postdoctoral fellows are also expected to submit a grant application by the end of their training period for independent research activities. Contact Jennifer Westendorf with questions.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral applicants must be performing clinical or basic research in a musculoskeletal area. This position offers a stipend (see NIH guidelines based on years of experience) and travel money. The fellowship will be two years in length, with an opportunity to apply for a third year.

  • Trainees must have a graduate degree (e.g. Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., M.D, or D.V.M.)
  • Trainees must have no more than one year of postdoctoral support on another NIH institutional training grant.
  • Trainees must be US citizens or hold a permanent visa.

Predoctoral Trainee

Mayo Graduate School Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. students must be performing clinical or basic research in a musculoskeletal area.

  • Trainees must be US citizens or hold a permanent visa.
  • Ideal candidates will have passed their written and oral qualifying exams in the Mayo Graduate School and be engaged in predoctoral research in the laboratory of a faculty member who is a Mentor on the Musculoskeletal Research Training Grant.
  • Trainees must have had no more than one year of predoctoral support on another NIH institutional training grant or NIH individual fellowship award.
  • The trainee must agree to regularly attend and present at an appropriate journal club approved by the director.
  • The trainee agrees to regularly attend the Musculoskeletal Research Conferences, Wednesdays, Gonda 14, Noon-1 p.m.
  • Trainees must complete annual progress reports and attend meetings with the Training Grant director, Dr. Westendorf.

Short-Term Predoctoral Trainee

Funding is available for two short-term predoctoral trainees. These positions provide intense full-time research training experiences on clinical or basic research projects to medical students, dental students, students in other allied-health professional programs or graduate students in the physical and quantitative sciences during the summer or other "off-quarter" period. Stipend support is offered for 8-12 continuous weeks per NIH guidelines.

  • Trainees must be US citizens or hold a permanent visa.
  • Trainees must be medical students, dental students, students in other allied-health professional programs or graduate students in the physical and quantitative sciences that are in good academic standing.
  • Ideal candidates will have an interest in musculoskeletal, orthopedic, or basic research careers and must identify a mentor from the Musculoskeletal Research Faculty (see below)
  • The trainee must complete a project proposal by the end of their first week in the laboratory.
  • Trainees must complete a progress report and meet with the Training Grant director, Dr. Westendorf, at the end of the research term.

Faculty

  1. Amadio, Peter C. M.D.
  2. Amin, Shreyasee M.D., M.P.H.
  3. An, Kai-Nan Ph.D.
  4. Badley, Andrew D. M.D.
  5. Bishop, Allen T. M.D.
  6. Ekker, Stephen C. Ph.D.
  7. Gabriel, Sherine E. M.D.
  8. Joyner, Michael J. M.D.
  9. Kaufman, Kenton R. Ph.D.
  10. Khosla, Sundeep M.D.
  11. Kumar, Rajiv M.D.
  12. Levy, Bruce A. M.D.
  13. Miller, Jordan D. Ph.D.
  14. Oursler, Merry Jo Ph.D.
  15. Patel, Robin M.D.
  16. van Wijnen, Andre J. Ph.D.
  17. Westendorf, Jennifer Jane (Jennifer) Ph.D.
  18. Yaszemski, Michael J. M.D., Ph.D.