UCSF MSK Center introduces 2024-2025 T32 Training Program Fellows

SAN FRANCISCO (July 8, 2024) -- The UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is pleased to welcome the Musculoskeletal Training Program fellows for the 2024-2025 academic year. This year, we welcome three distinguished scholars to our program.

Eva González Díaz, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar, Orthopaedic Surgery

Project: “Investigating the role of the gut microbiome in musculoskeletal tissue aging”

Mentor: Christopher J. Hernandez, PhD

Ryan Halvorson, MD

PG-4 Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery

Project: "Markerless Motion Capture and Movement Quality Algorithms to Predict Injury Risk in High School Sports"

Mentors: Jeannie Bailey, PhD and Brian Feeley, MD

Zsofia Torok, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology

Project: "Identifying Sex-Specific Pathways of Hypothalamic-Ventricular Crosstalk in Bone Homeostasis"

Mentor: Holly A. Ingraham, PhD

The Musculoskeletal Center’s Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) addresses the widespread impact of musculoskeletal diseases, affecting over half of the U.S. population aged 18 and older, and nearly three-quarters of those aged 65 and older. Despite their prevalence and debilitating nature, the causes of these conditions remain inadequately understood.

Funded by a $1.2 million grant from the NIH and NIAMS, the MSK Training Program supports the training of basic and clinical scientists, fostering research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of musculoskeletal diseases. Now in the second year of its five-year cycle, the program funds up to 11 postdoctoral fellows and resident physicians for up to two years.