Biography

Dr. Hernandez completed her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell Biology and Neuroscience at the University of Chile in Santiago, Chile, where she worked in Alzheimer's disease. She learned about the fascinating area of orthopaedics with Dr. Sun-Kyeong Lee at UConn Health Center. After deciding to pursue this field, she spent two years training in cartilage biology at the University of Cambridge in UK with Dr. Frances Henson and Dr. John Wardale. In 2014 she came back to U.S. to work with Dr. Nadeen Chahine in cytoskeleton and intervertebral discs mechanobiology at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in New York. Her research currently explores structural, cellular, and mechanobiological aspects of sexual dimorphism in cartilage health and in cartilage affecting diseases, such as osteoarthritis and diabetes.

Education

Undergraduate
University of Chile (2000), Science
Graduate School
University of Chile (2007), Science

Research Interest

  • cartilage diseases
  • cell mechanobiology
  • sexual dimorphism in cartilage biology
  • tissue biomechanics

Publications

Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Confocal scanning of intervertebral disc cells in 3D: Inside alginate beads and in native microenvironment.
Hernandez PA, Jacobsen TD, Barati Z, Chahine NO, JOR Spine 2020 Dec 3 4 e1106
Bactericidal efficacy of hydrogen peroxide on Cutibacterium acnes.
Hernandez P, Sager B, Fa A, Liang T, Lozano C, Khazzam M, Bone Joint Res 2019 Jan 8 1 3-10
Severe Burn-Induced Inflammation and Remodeling of Achilles Tendon in a Rat Model.
Hernandez P, Buller D, Mitchell T, Wright J, Liang H, Manchanda K, Welch T, Huebinger RM, Carlson DL, Wolf SE, Song J Shock 2017 Oct
Intra-articular injection of rhFGF-18 improves the healing in microfracture treated chondral defects in an ovine model.
Power J, Hernandez P, Guehring H, Getgood A, Henson F, J Orthop Res 2014 May 32 5 669-76
New insights into the location and form of sclerostin.
Hernandez P, Whitty C, John Wardale R, Henson FM, Biochem Biophys Res Commun 2014 Apr 446 4 1108-13
Release of growth factors from a reinforced collagen GAG matrix supplemented with platelet rich plasma: Influence on cultured human meniscal cells.
Howard D, Shepherd JH, Kew SJ, Hernandez P, Ghose S, Wardale JA, Rushton N J. Orthop. Res. 2014 Feb 32 2 273-8
Alterations in sclerostin protein in lesions of equine osteochondrosis.
Power J, Hernandez P, Wardale J, Henson FM, Vet Rec Open 2014 1 1 e000005

Honors & Awards

  • Conicyt grant award for Ph.D. thesis
    (2004-2004)
  • Millenium Institute CBB scholarship for research in USA
    (2003-2003)
  • Conicyt scholarship for Ph.D. studies
    (2002-2004)
  • Millenium Institute CBB scholarship for research in USA
    (2002-2002)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) (2021)
  • ORS Spine section (2017)
  • Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) (2017)