Lynda E Polgreen, MD, MS

Lynda Polgreen, MD, MS

Investigator, The Lundquist Institute
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


Pediatric bone disease

Research Description

Dr. Polgreen’s research focuses on ways to improve the treatment and understanding of rare pediatric bone diseases. She performs clinical and translational research investigating the skeletal pathology and bone metabolism in the Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS), a class of lysosomal storage diseases, along with a sclerotic bone disease called osteopetrosis. Active projects include identification of biomarkers that predict disease severity and progression in MPS through a 10-year observational study, a clinical trial of anti-inflammatory therapy in MPS, and a clinical trial of interferon gamma in osteopetrosis.
Theme Groups


  • BS, 1996, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • MD, 2002, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
  • MS, 2009, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Recent and/or Significant Publications

Polgreen LE, Kunin-Batson A, Rudser K, Vehe RK, Utz JJ, Whitley CB, Dickson P. Pilot study of the safety and effect of adalimumab on pain, physical function, and musculoskeletal disease in mucopolysaccharidosis types I and II. Mol Genet Metab Rep. 2017 Jan 15;10:75-80.
Wu C, Econs MJ, DiMeglio LA, Insogna KL, Levine MA, Orchard PJ, Miller WP, Petryk A, Rush ET, Shoback DM, Ward LM, Polgreen LE. Diagnosis and Management of Osteopetrosis: Consensus Guidelines from the Osteopetrosis Working Group. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2017 Sep 1;102(9):3111-3123.
Polgreen LE, Vehe RK, Rudser K, Kunin-Batson A, Utz JJ, Dickson P, Shapiro E, Whitley CB. Elevated TNF-α is associated with pain and physical disability in mucopolysaccharidosis types I, II, and VI. Mol Genet Metab. 2016 Apr;117(4):427-30.
Savarirayan R, Tofts L, Irving M, Wilcox W, Bacino CA, Hoover-Fong J, Ullot Font R, Harmatz P, Rutsch F, Bober MB, Polgreen LE, Ginebreda I, Mohnike K, Charrow J, Hoernschmeyer D, Ozono K, Alanay Y, Arundel P, Kagami S, Yasui N, White KK, Saal HM, Leiva-Gea A, Luna-González F, Mochizuki H , Basel D, Porco DM, Jayaram K, Fisheleva E, Huntsman-Labed A, Day J. Once-daily, subcutaneous vosoritide therapy in children with achondroplasia: a randomised, double-blind, phase 3, placebo-controlled, multicentre trial. Lancet. 2020;396(10252):684-692. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31541-5
Polgreen LE, Lund TC, Braunlin E, et al. Clinical trial of laronidase in Hurler syndrome after hematopoietic cell transplantation. Pediatr Res. 2020;87(1):104-111. doi:10.1038/s41390-019-0541-2