Thesis Reports Committee

Patricia Juárez

X. Lucas Lu



Hollie Allison


Lilian Plotkin

Patricia Juárez, PhD

Patricia is a Biochemist currently appointed as associate professor at the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education in Ensenada in Baja California, México. Her research focuses on translational research for the study and treatment of bone metastases and bone disordersusing animal models of cancer, bone and renal diseases.  She is actively involved in the Cancer and Bone Society and the Membership Engagement and Education Committee at the ASBMR. She enjoys sharing her experience with young investigators, she believes that science is for everyone and loves science communication. Patricia is a dancer and practices yoga in her free time.

X. Lucas Lu PhD

Lucas Lu is a bioengineer currently based at the University of Delaware, USA. His research focuses on the search of therapeutic techniques, especially new medicine, for the prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis. He is also developing a nano-technology to detect the circulatory tumor cells in human blood samples. He was the chair of the New Investigator Mentoring committee in Orthopaedic Research Society and Junior Leadership Development Committee in International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Society. Besides research, his other passions include running and photography.

Marie-Therese Haider BSc PhD

Marie-Therese is a postdoctoral fellow at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (Hamburg, Germany). Her primary research interest is to study the interaction between the bone microenvironment and disseminated tumor cells. In particular she aims to establish the role of bone cells, especially osteoblasts, in mediating metastatic breast cancer growth. When she is not in the lab, she enjoys traveling, baking, reading thrillers and doing sports.

Natalie K Hyde BBiomedSc (Hons) PhD

Natalie is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Epi-Centre for Health Ageing, Deakin University in Geelong, Australia. To date her research has largely focused on the role of maternal vitamin D and offspring health outcomes, with a focus on musculoskeletal health. Currently she is developing a program of research investigating the role of the developmental origins of musculoskeletal health, with a particular focus on various exposures during pregnancy and musculoskeletal health in later life. She enjoys mentoring students and is currently supervising a number of Honours and PhD candidates. When she is not working she likes to spend time with her family and friends, watch documentaries (mainly true crime) and reading.

Hollie Allison PhD

Hollie Allison is a postdoctoral researcher in The Mechanobiology and Medical Device Research Group (MMDRG) at The National University of Ireland, Galway. Her primary research interest is in the field of bone mechanobiology. In particular, her research focusses mainly on the mechanobiological changes that occur at both the tissue and cellular level during post-menopausal osteoporosis and what implications these changes have on osteoclastogenesis. The aim of this work is to gain a better understanding of the cellular changes that occur during estrogen deficiency, in the hopes that this work may inform future mechanobiological-based treatments for osteoporosis. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, hiking and baking.

Lucas Brun, PhD

Lucas Brun  is a medical doctor currently based at the University of Rosario (Argentina). The focus of his research is elucidate effects and mechanisms of action of nutrients in bone homeostasis. In addition, he collaborate in clinical studies evaluating bone mass in patients with rheumatological diseases. He is a volunteer leader (current president 2020-2021) for the Argentinean Association of Osteology and Mineral Metabolism (AAOMM) and member of the editorial committee of the AAOMM Journal (Actualizaciones en Osteología) for 10 years, and the Editor in chief during 2016-2017. Besides science, his other passions include travel and nature photography.

Lilian I Plotkin PhD

Lilian obtained a PhD in Immunology form the Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina. She is currently based at Indiana University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the role of connexins and pannexins on bone cell differentiation, survival and function, on the effects of aging on bone, and on the regulation of skeletal muscle mass and strength by bone cells. She has been an ASBMR member since 1997, and has been part of the Advocacy, Membership Engagement, and Women in Bone and Mineral Research Committees and the Diversity in Bone and Mineral Research Subcommittee. She is passionate about mentoring and dedicates part of her time in the lab interacting with young investigators from high school to medical and graduate students. In addition to science, in her free time Lilian enjoys spending time with her family, dancing, practicing Zumba, cooking, and making crochet toys (amigurumies).