Bone Quality Research Lab (Kazakia Lab)

Our main research interest is the characterization of bone structure and composition in osteoporosis and other disease states using both ex vivo and in vivo high resolution imaging techniques. Specifically, we are developing techniques in micro computed tomography (microCT), high resolution peripheral quantitative CT (HR-pQCT), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy for the assessment of bone quality. As a part of the Musculoskeletal Quantitative Imaging Research (MQIR) group in the Department of Radiology and Biological Imaging at UCSF, we enjoy a rich, collaborative environment working closely with researchers, clinicians, and students. We are committed to the training and education of postdoctoral fellows, residents, and students (medical, graduate, undergraduate, and high school) interested in pursuing a career in musculoskeletal research. Our research is supported by the NIH and by intramural UCSF funding.


Bone Quality Research Lab Opportunities


We have student research assistant positions available for the semester, summer, or for longer term. In particular, we look for highly motivated students with programming experience to help with advanced image processing, or with lab experience to help with cadaver and animal specimen experiments. The students will be trained in all necessary procedures and exposed to both basic science and clinical aspects of musculoskeletal research. Students will also have the opportunity to work closely with radiologists, orthopaedic surgeons and imaging scientists. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the following training programs, in which we actively participate:

Available Positions

-Employment Opportunities for staff positions are posted through the UCSF Department of Human Resources.

-Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Musculoskeletal Imaging (Posted: 11/09/16)

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