Liana Leja, MS

Research Assistant

Liana joined the Cartilage Repair Center in May 2019. As Dr. Minas’ research assistant, Liana is dedicated to advancing the treatment of articular cartilage injuries and osteoarthritis of the knee. Liana’s primary responsibilities are for the overall design, conduct, and management of research studies and clinical trials.

Prior to joining the CRC, Liana researched at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she led initiatives designed to improve patient care throughout the preoperative process. She also worked as a research assistant at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. .

Liana holds a M.S. degree in Health Informatics from Boston University and a B.S. degree in Biology from Allegheny College. During her studies, Liana was involved in a wide array of academic research projects, where she obtained multiple accolades at research symposiums for her thesis work. Additionally, her business plan for improving access to healthcare for underserved communities was awarded first place in Allegheny College’s “Zingale Big Idea Competition.” The following year, Liana was invited to join the Zingale distinguished panel of judges, where she continues to serve, evaluating, coaching and critiquing other students’ big business ideas. In her free time, Liana enjoys coaching youth soccer and baking banana bread.

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