Chelsea Bahney, PhD

Chelsea Bahney, PhD

Associate Professor
Orthopaedic Trauma Institute - Bahney Lab
Orthopaedic Trauma Institute at Zuckerberg San Francisco General - Trauma & Problem Fractures


Grants & Awards

  • Bimodal therapeutic application of LIF for regulating chondrogenic fate
    2017-07-01 - 2018-07-01
    UCSF Center for Center for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine
    Role: PI
  • Promoting vascularized bone regeneration with endochondral cartilage grafts
    2015-06-01 - 2018-01-01
    AO Foundation Start Up Grant
    Role: PI
  • A Murine Model of Polytrauma: Understanding the molecular basis of accelerated bone repair with concomitant traumatic brain injury.
    2015-05-01 - 2017-12-31
    NIH R21
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • Innervation during fracture repair: exploring functional mechanisms and innovative therapeutic repair strategies.
    2015-10-01 - 2017-10-01
    Foundation of Orthopaedic Trauma
    Role: PI
  • Development of a Novel Impedance Sensor to Monitor Fracture Healing
    2014-08-01 - 2017-08-01
    NSF Center for Disruptive Musculoskeletal Innovation
    Role: Co-PI
  • OsteoNova: Tissue Engineering Approach to Translating Endochondral Bone Regeneration
    2015-03-01 - 2017-06-30
    UCSF Catalyst
    Role: PI
  • Tissue engineering application of endochondral ossification for bone regeneration
    2012-03-01 - 2015-02-28
    NIH F32AR062469
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Therapeutic Application of Painless Nerve Growth Factor to Accelerate Endochondral Fracture Repair
    2021-09-21 - 2026-07-31
    NIH R01AR077761
    Role: Principal Investigator


Post-Doctoral Fellowship University of California, San Francisco 04/2014
PhD Oregon Health & Science University 08/2010
Valleylab (now Medtronic) 08/2005
BS University of Colorado 06/2001

About Chelsea Bahney, PhD

The overall goal of my research is to develop novel therapies for the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and injuries. Specifically, I believe we can drive improved tissue regeneration by recapitulating the normal sequences of development and repair. To accomplish this “Developmental Engineering” approach our laboratory utilizes a cross-disciplinary tools combining biologically modified synthetic polymers, stem cell biology, and murine models of orthopaedic injuries. The long-term goal of our research is to solve problems that will have a direct and significant impact on human health.

Current Projects:

(1) Tissue engineering strategies to promote endochondral bone regeneration

(2) Transdifferentiation of cartilage to bone during fracture repair and osteoarthritis

(3) The role of the nerve in fracture repair

(4) Polytraumatic Injuries: How brain trauma influences fracture healing

(5) Impedance sensors to monitor fracture healing