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Principal Investigator

Julia F. Charles, MD, PhD

Dr. Charles is a physician-scientist in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, where she joined the faculty in 2011. Dr. Charles completed an MD with PhD in biochemistry at UCSF where she studied mitosis in yeast using a combination of genetics and biochemical approaches. She completed Internal Medicine training at BWH and specialty training in Rheumatology at UCSF. This was followed by post-doctoral research training with Mary Nakamura at UCSF and subsequently with Tony Aliprantis at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Her research focuses on understanding how the microenvironment affects the function of bone cells to influence skeletal health, using mouse models of inflammation and aging. She has particular interests in the role of osteoclasts in bone erosion in inflammation, osteoclast-osteoblast cross talk, and how gut microbiota influence host physiology to promote bone formation. Dr. Charles is also a practicing rheumatologist with an interest in bone disease, including Paget’s disease and osteoporosis, particularly glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis.


Anika Shimonty

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Chilan Bou Ghosson Leite

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil

Cole Hodys

Research Assistant
Hometown: Mamaroneck, NY

Dylan Huang

Research Trainee
Hometown: Montville, NJ

Hannah Fricke

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Hometown: Madison, WI

Kelly Tsang

Senior Research Assistant
Hometown: Brookline, MA

Thany Seyok

Research Assistant
Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Xenia Goldberg Borggaard

Postdoctoral Research Fellow; Visiting Research Scholar
Hometown: Horsens, Denmark

Xiaomeng You

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Hometown: Shanghai, China

Lella Wake, MS, technician

Samantha Perez-Menendez, MS, MD candidate, former master’s thesis student.

Haley Cox, MS, former master’s student

Julie Mekhail, MS, MD candidate, former master’s thesis student.

Nikhil Sontha, MS, MD candidate, former master’s thesis student.

Brian Fissel, MS, MD, former masters thesis student

Christian Jacome-Galarza PhD, former postdoctoral fellow

Jing Yan PhD, former postdoctoral fellow

Katia Urso PhD, former postdoctoral fellow

Molly Zgoda MS, former master’s thesis student

Caroline Norton BS candidate, summer student

Jennie Eosakul MS, former master’s thesis student

Kian Azadi MS, former master’s thesis student

Sruthi Srivedan MS, former master’s thesis student

Belinda Beqo DO candidate, former technician

Cynthia Xie MS, former master’s thesis student

Haoming Liu MS, DO candidate, former master’s thesis student & technician

Jonathan Quang MS, MD, former master’s thesis student

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