Kristina received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 2019. While at Cornell, she became interested in orthopedics while watching fellow dancers suffer from orthopedic injury with no meaningful treatment outside of surgery. Soon after, she joined the Fortier Lab of Comparative Orthopedics, where she researched regenerative medicine, biologics, and comparative translational medicine.
After graduation, Kristina joined Dr. Grayson’s lab as a postbac research fellow. Currently, our focus is on translational research and finding ways to make basic science understandable and useful to clinicians in the treatment of rheumatologic diseases such as Takayasu’s arteritis and giant cell arteritis. Our goal is to elucidate the mechanisms that cause these diseases and to identify biomarkers that can be used to more efficiently diagnose and treat complex diseases.