Silva Lab

Matthew Silva, Ph.D

Julia and Walter R. Peterson Orthopaedic Research Professor

Department of Orthopaedics Washington University
BJC - Institute of Health
11th floor - RM 11619
Phone: (314) 747-3772

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Teaching and Training


E62 - BME 463/563 - Orthopaedic Biomechanics--Bones and Joints

Basic and advanced solid mechanics applied to the musculoskeletal system, with a primary focus on bone and joint mechanics. Topics include: forces in joints; gait analysis; axial, torsional and bending loading of bones; mechanical properties (elastic, fracture, creep, fatigue) and composition of bone; bone adaptation and basic concepts of bone biology; joint kinematics; total hip and knee replacement; mechanical consequences of injury (fracture) and disease (osteoporosis). This class is geared to graduate students and upper level undergraduates familiar with statics and mechanics of deformable bodies. Prerequisites: BME 240 or equivalent. Offered alternate years. Next offered Spring 2015.

Orthopaedic Surgery, Resident CORE Lectures
Biomechanics of Total Hip Replacement
Biomechanics of Total Knee Replacement
Biomechanics of Fractures & Fracture Healing
Biomechanics of Osteoporosis



Fellowship opportunities are available through several training programs.

T32 Metabolic Skeletal Disorders Training Program

T32 Movement Science Post Doctoral Research Fellowship

Movement Science Pre-Doctoral Research Training

MBnc Training Program
MEMS, BME, and Physics and several PhD programs in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) participate in this grant.



Graduate students are pursuing their Ph.D. in one of several academic departments. Students in these departments may perform research with the Silva Lab.

http://bme.wustl.eduDepartment of Biomedical Engineering

http://mems.wustl.eduThe Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science (MEMS)

Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS)