Michelle Yau, PhD, MPH is an Instructor in Medicine at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife. She is a genetic epidemiologist with a research focus on clinical and genetic risk factors for common age-associated conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and intervertebral disc degeneration. Her research interests include mechanisms of aging and cellular senescence in musculoskeletal disease, genetic pleiotropy across age-associated traits, and integration of genetics, epigenetics, and transcriptomics. She is involved in several international consortia to study the genetic basis of musculoskeletal disease. She is also a member of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) Young Investigator Committee, which provides programming for professional activities and workshops to support early stage investigators.