Kristina Kapinas, Ph.D.
Molecular mechanisms that regulate the development of embryonic stem cells toward the thymus
What has been the most memorable moment of your career thus far?
While in graduate school at the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) was when I decided that I wanted to be a scientist when I "grew up”.
What has been your favorite ASBMR Annual Meeting moment?
The 2008 meeting in Montreal was my first and with guidance from my Ph.D. advisor, Anne Delany, one of our abstracts was selected for an oral presentation. I was quite nervous to speak before several hundred experts in the bone field since I was a graduate student and had only been in the bone field for about a year. My favorite moment was what happened after my presentation. I received lots of great feedback and valuable encouragement from numerous attendees. Giving that talk has opened up doors to discussions and collaborations with fellow ASBMR members. It made me realize what research is all about—sharing information to advance science. It made me also realize that ASBMR is an organization that really cares about the research and careers of its young investigators.
Share a funny story from the lab.
My first postdoctoral fellowship was with Gary Stein and Jane Lian at the University of Massachusetts. From the research they present at ASBMR Annual Meetings, I knew they were a big, serious, productive lab. However, the two things that stood out to me most compared to other labs that I have worked are (1) there was always time for a good joke; (2) they always kept us fed (coffee, candy, and bagels). I think these two things contribute to the lab’s productivity!
Dr. Kapinas is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and member of the ASBMR Young Investigator Subcommittee.