Written by Ariane Zamarioli
Hello everyone! My name is Ariane Zamarioli and I come from Brazil. I was a visiting assistant professor in Dr. Kacena’s lab for six months from September 2018 through February 2019.
I first met Dr. Kacena at the ASBMR conference (the largest bone scientific meeting in the world) back in 2014. I was very excited to learn about her projects to study bone regeneration in space since I had some previous experience with fracture healing by studying different rodent models for osteoporosis (i.e. Type I diabetes, spinal cord injury). We found a way for me to contribute to Dr. Kacena’s team and we have since been remotely working together.
I was happy to join her lab last fall and be part of her spaceflight studies for bone regeneration and therapies, which will directly benefit the astronauts and indirectly benefit a large population with limited loading to their lower body (i.e. elderly and disabled people).