Musculoskeletal Disease

abstract diagram of a runner's injured knee

The musculoskeletal system is an interconnected network of muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bones, and other connective tissue that provides overall organism structure and enables movement. At UVa we use a suite of experimental and computational techniques to identify, characterize, and exploit guiding principles of musculoskeletal design to understand and improve therapies for musculoskeletal diseases such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and volumetric muscle loss (VML).

BME Primary Faculty in this Area

Silvia Salinas Blemker

Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Silvia Blemker uses experimental and computational models to characterize the relationships between muscle structure, biomechanical properties, biology, and function in order to develop new treatments for musculoskeletal disease

George Joseph Christ

Commonwealth Professor of Engineering Department of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery

George Joseph Christ, Ph.D., develops basic and translational tissue engineering and regenerative medicine approaches to organ and tissue repair, reconstruction and replacement, with a focus on the musculoskeletal system, vasculature and lower urinary tract. Dr. Christ is an internationally recognized expert in muscle physiology.

BME Joint Faculty Musculoskeletal Diseases Applications

Shawn Russell

Assistant Professor

Russell's research interests lie in the increased understanding of the mechanisms of human movement

More about Musculoskeletal Disease Research at UVA

Center for Advanced Biomanufacturing

Imagine that someday a lost limb could be replaced or an organ could be grown or built and implanted in the human body. UVA is primed for big leaps, with the goal to eventually fabricate full organs.