Meet the Women's Committee
Roberta Faccio, Ph.D.
I am a full Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at Washington University in St. Louis. My lab studies the interactions between bone and immune cells in physiological and pathological conditions. We are particularly interested in understanding how the bone microenvironment shapes inflammatory responses in arthritis and cancer.
My biggest challenge during my career has been raising three young children while starting my laboratory, writing grants, mentoring students and postdocs, attending meetings and establishing myself as an independent investigator. Finding the perfect work/life balance has been challenging. I wanted to be a great scientist but also a loving mother and wife. I learned to use every hour of the day (but mostly night) to write papers and grants. I learned that I should not feel guilty if I leave work early to see my kids swim practice. I learned to prioritize, to ask for help when needed and to say no. I also learned to take sometime for myself to do what I like. And I came to realize that I am as good and accomplished as any of my male colleagues. My goal now is to support the young generation of female scientists navigating the same struggles I faced when I started.
Michaela Reagan, Ph.D.
I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Maine and Tufts University. My research focuses on understanding the roles that fat cells (adipocytes), bone cells (osteoblast lineage cells), and other cells in the bone marrow niche play in mediating the progression of Multiple Myeloma. To study myeloma growth in a more realistic 3D bone-like environment, our lab also develops novel 3D, tissue engineering in vitro models of bone-cancer interaction.
When I got engaged (to a wonderfully supportive man), some colleagues and supervisors expressed the belief that I would not be as committed to my work, or work as hard as I had before I was engaged. This was a painful surprise to me. This viewpoint is a troubling double-standard, as these same colleagues did not seem to hold this belief about male professors when they got engaged. I hope that one day, women and men can be seen and work as true equals, at home and at work. Overall, I am hopeful and optimistic that we are moving in the right direction, but we must continue to fight for equality for all.
Anna Teti, Ph.D.
Dr. Teti is a Professor of Histology at the University of L'Aquila whose research interests include: Bone cell biology and pathology; metabolic, genetic and cancer-induced bone diseases. With 181 peer-review articles published, some of her many achievements include Osteoclast isolation and characterization; osteoclast podosome discovery; intracellular calcium mobilization and pH regulation in osteoclast ts; pathogenesis of osteopetrosis; role of c-Src in osteoblasts; role of IL-6 in bone metabolism; role of PRELP and CHAD in bone metabolism and in the treatment of osteoporosis and bone metastases; role of lipocalin 2 in bone biomechanics; experimental treatment of autosomal dominant osteopetrosis type 2.
Kim Mansky, Ph.D.
I am an associate professor at the University of Minnesota. My research interests are BMP regulation and HDAC regulation of osteoclast differentiation.
As I have moved up the career ladder as a scientist/faculty member, I feel isolated because most of my peers are not women. Most of my male colleagues are very supportive; however, I find many times that I am the “token” woman in the room or on the committee. It is frustrating for me to not see more woman stay in science as their careers advance.
Patricia Juárez Camacho, Ph.D.
I am an assistant professor working at the Biomedical Innovation Department at the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education in Ensenada in Baja California, México. My research interests focus on translational research for the study and treatment of bone metastases and bone disorders.
As a woman in science the biggest challenge that I have faced is trying to prove that Latinas and women in science are as good a scientist as any man.
Julie Pasco, Ph.D.
Professor Julie Pasco heads the Epi-Centre for Healthy Ageing and is Deputy Director of the IMPACT Strategic Research Centre in the School of Medicine at Deakin University, Australia. She leads the cohort studies known as the Geelong Osteoporosis Study (GOS) and the Vitamin D in Pregnancy (VIP) study. Her population-based research focuses on understanding the progression of chronic metabolic and musculoskeletal disorders including osteoporosis and sarcopenia, obesity and diabetes, and the nexus between physical and mental health.
A major and ongoing challenge as a female principal investigator is being recognized as a leader, as this is crucial for securing financial support needed to sustain such long-term, credible and productive prospective cohort studies.
Fjola Johannesdottir, Ph.D.
Dr. Fjola Johannesdottir is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School & Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Her research interests include identification of the determinants of bone strength and mechanics of age-related fractures to improve the understanding of osteoporotic fragility through non-invasive imaging techniques that predict fracture risk.