Meet Your ORS Ambassadors

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Meet Your ORS Ambassadors

Learn more about the ORS Ambassadors! ORS encourages you to personally connect with an ORS Ambassador in your area directly to find out more on the local level. You may also email ORS at


Rebecca Chung, ME

PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
Stevens Institute of Technology
New York

Why did choose to pursue a career in musculoskeletal research?
I really like the multidisciplinary of this field where major advancements are made through collaboration between physicians, scientists, and engineers from different backgrounds. With new techniques and technologies emerging, it’s exciting to see firsthand how this broad field is evolving dynamically.

Three words how others describe you?
Direct; Pragmatic; Creative

Favorite Quote:
“Groups made up of intelligent people who have different perspectives, mindsets, and ways of solving problems can make more accurate predictions and solve problems more effectively than groups of experts” – Scott Page

How has ORS become an instrumental part of your career?
Attending ORS Annual Meetings has provided me the opportunity to think more creatively and observe the methodologies of the leaders in the field. Through my conversations at these conferences, I’m able to discuss new ideas which can potentially help advance the research associated with my dissertation.


Yutaka Inaba, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Yokohama City University, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Research Interests:
Total hip arthroplasty, Hip Osteotomy, Biomechanics, Musculoskeletal infection

Why did choose to pursue a career in musculoskeletal research?
To get better function after musculoskeletal treatment

Three words how others describe you?
Genuine, Polite, Hardworking

Favorite Quote:
Who knows most, speaks least.

How has ORS become an instrumental part of your career?
ORS always gives me the action of finding new knowledge or reasoning.


Thomas Kean, PhD

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

Why did choose to pursue a career in musculoskeletal research?
Musculoskeletal diseases are one of the greatest challenges, and regenerative medicine is starting to become a reality that can address those challenges.

Three words how others describe you?
Innovative; Curious; Tenacious

Favorite Quote:
“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.” – Douglas Adams

I like how this relates to the scientific discovery process; you feel like you’re getting close to an answer, and then you realise that you’ve only scratched the surface below which are a hundred more questions/possibilities.

How has ORS become an instrumental part of your career?
The Annual Meeting is an excellent place to see what is going on outside of my niche and to present the data we’re currently investigating.

Find me on LinkedIn and Research Gate:


Megan Killian, PhD

University of Delaware

Megan Killian, PhD, is an assistant professor at the University of Delaware in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on tendon and bone development and mechanobiology. She is active in advocacy efforts to increase research funding as well as STEM outreach. As an ORS Ambassador, Dr. Killian strives to engage her local community in basic and translational orthopedic research in the Mid-Atlantic region (Philadelphia/Delmarva).

Follow me on Twitter: @ KillianLab

Catherine K. Kuo, PhD

University of Rochester, Biomedical Engineering
New York (Northeast)

Catherine K. Kuo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Orthopaedics, and the Center for Musculoskeletal Research at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Her research focuses on elucidating biophysical and biochemical mechanisms of embryonic tendon development and healing, and using these findings to inform novel tendon tissue engineering and regenerative medicine strategies. Dr. Kuo is on the editorial review board for the Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Chair of the ORS Tendon Section Research Committee, Co-chair of the Regenerative Medicine Topic for the ORS Program Committee, and an ORS Ambassador. As an ORS Ambassador, she organized the 1st ORS Regional Symposium in 2017 for the Northeast / New York region as part of her mission to establish and cultivate a regional orthopaedics research community.


Muhammad Farooq Rai, PhD

Assistant Professor
Washington School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri

Why did choose to pursue a career in musculoskeletal research?
To understand the early molecular mechanisms involved in osteoarthritis development, to discover genes that orchestrate its pathogenesis and to develop treatment strategies. Osteoarthritis-the leading cause of disability and a financial burden on the society-affects 50+ million Americans. There are no effective treatment options available for this clinical syndrome largely because the early molecular mechanisms of disease development are poorly understood.

Three words how others describe you?
Smart; Hardworking; Unflappable

Favorite Quote:
It is those who are endowed with understanding that receive admonition.

How has ORS become an instrumental part of your career?
ORS has a lot to offer especially to new investigators like me. It has provided me with several opportunities to serve on its committees, to review abstracts, to present my research and to moderate a spotlight session. I also took advantage of ORS career center to search for faculty position. Currently, I am the ORS ambassador for the Midwest region.

Roshni Rainbow, PhD

Queen’s University
Ontario Province, Canada


Dmitriy Sheyn, PhD

Research Scientist
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
California (Southern)

Three words how others describe you?
I’m the man of the world, eager to communicate and collaborate with other scientists

Favorite Quote:
“I haven’t failed, I’ve just found 10,000 things that don’t work”- Thomas Edison

How has ORS become an instrumental part of your career?
ORS is my home base, the Annual Meetings are my main source of interaction and brainstorming new ideas.

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