Arianna Kahler-Quesada, a Biochemistry and Biophysics and Honors College junior, is making the most of her time at OSU. She conducts research on kidney disease and bone health in the skeletal biology lab run by Dr. Russell Turner and Dr. Urszula Iwaniec.
In OSU’s skeletal biology lab, Arianna studies mouse and rat bones to better understand the impact of kidney failure on bones. Together with her faculty mentors, she collaborated with nephrologists from the University of California, San Diego to minimize the impact of kidney failure on the skeleton.
One of the many projects that Arianna and her mentors explore is whether correcting an imbalance in the leptin levels in the human body can restrict the effects of kidney disease on the bones of children. Last year her research was featured in The Daily Barometer.
Arianna is an LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) Scholar and an enthusiastic peer mentor for minority students in science degree programs through LSAMP and OSU Stem Leaders, a program designed to increase the diversity and success of graduates in STEM fields at OSU. She is also supported by OSU's Presidential Scholarship and the Anne Runes-Wilson Scholarship in the College of Science.
An accomplished violinist and flutist, Arianna is a member of the OSU Symphony Orchestra. When she is not rehearsing or performing, Arianna pursues her other great love—ballroom dancing. Arianna, who trained in ballet for years, has performed in local clubs and nursing homes as a member of OSU’s ballroom dancing team.
“I have a full life here at OSU,” she said.
A Gresham, Ore., native, Arianna was born in a Costa Rican family. Her mother arrived from Costa Rica as an exchange student at Linfield College in McMinnville. She went on to marry and make a home in Oregon.
“I feel so lucky because of all the opportunities I have had. I have always been a little shy and all my experiences at OSU have helped me step outside my comfort zone and embrace different opportunities. My parents are very helpful, proud and happy for me,” said Arianna.