Hospital for Special Surgery
How will your research ultimately be used to change the lives of people with arthritis?
Our study focuses on the negative regulation of osteoclasts (bone-eaters) in both homeostatic and inflammatory states. I believe that our studies will give a deeper understanding that can be explored through therapeutic interventions to suppress bone resorption associated with bone destruction.
Do you have a personal connection with arthritis that makes the disease more than a statistic to you?
My mom has had osteoarthritis since she was 60 years old. She has been through so much pain as well as depression. So far, the best thing I was able to do for her is buy a paraffin bath to soothe her pain.
What role do you feel the Arthritis Foundation plays in the progress of arthritis research?
The Arthritis Foundation plays an important role in supporting researchers so that they may study and understand arthritis. Those supports are very fruitful, leading to many breakthroughs.
What mysteries surrounding arthritis interest you most?
The most interesting mystery for me is that in RA osteoclastogenic molecules are produced within synovial membrane but excessive osteoclast formation is restricted adjacent to inflamed synovium. In our project we will try to investigate the mechanism to regulate osteoclast formation. In this context, I wish our research will set the stage to unveil this mystery.
When you’re not in the lab or clinic, where can you most often be found?
I spend time with my kids.
What hobby do you most enjoy?
As a mom of two, most luxurious thing I do is going to the opera.
What non-medical book have you enjoyed lately?
I recently read books on education and also on poems. But, most of my time for reading is devoted to scientific journals.
What is your favorite style of music and band or musician?
Our family is a big fan of Beethoven.
If you weren’t a medical researcher, what would you be doing now?
Maybe a cook