Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of Pittsburgh

How will your research ultimately be used to change the lives of people with arthritis?
I hope that my research will provide valuable information to develop therapies to repair or regenerate articular cartilage.

Do you have a personal connection with arthritis that makes the disease more than a statistic to you?
Yes. I have family members that are affected by arthritis and this has made me understand how this disease can make daily activities much more difficult.

What role do you feel the Arthritis Foundation plays in the progress of arthritis research?
The Arthritis Foundation not only raises awareness and provides valuable information to those affected by the disease, but it also provides research funding that helps researchers make important findings to further understand the disease and develop treatments.

What mysteries surrounding arthritis interest you most?
I am very interested by the greater incidence of arthritis in women than in men. In order to develop better treatments, it is important to understand these differences.

When you’re not in the lab or clinic, where can you most often be found?
Spending time with my husband.
What hobby do you most enjoy?
Cooking. I enjoy trying new recipes.

What non-medical book have you enjoyed lately?
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs.

What is your favorite style of music and band or musician?
I enjoy a variety of music, but you can always find some Bon Jovi songs on my iPod.
If you weren’t a medical researcher, what would you be doing now?

I think I would be a high school biology teacher.

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