Post Doctoral Researcher
Osteoarthritis (OA) is an age-associated, degenerative joint disease affecting more than 30 million people in the US, and is one of the leading causes of disability. A cause of OA is breakdown of cartilage, an important component of which is hyaluronic acid.
Our lab recently found that the longest-lived rodent, naked mole rats (NMR), secretes extremely high molecular weight hyaluronic acid (HMW HA). My research is to study beneficial effects of HMW HA for OA prevention and treatment.