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Faces of Manoa: Scientist & Pageant Princess

Date: March 19th, 2019 in JABSOM News, Student Life, UH Manoa    Print or PDF

Ruth Taketa in the lab.

Pictured: Ruth Taketa working in the lab. Deborah Manog Dimaya Photo

By Deborah Manog Dimaya, UH Med Now Correspondent

When she is not busy at the lab bench or studying as a graduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), Ruth Taketa enjoys learning about her culture. She joined the Honolulu Chamber of Commerce Cherry Blossom Festival in Hawaii– the longest running ethnic festival in the State– that perpetuates Japanese culture while enriching the lives of young women in Hawaii.

At the UHM John A. Burns School of Medicine, Taketa is a graduate research assistant with Dr. Robert Nichols and was involved in his recent discovery of a potentially new approach to treating Alzheimer’s Disease.

“What we hope for is to provide a better understanding of the disease in order to prevent and treat the neurodegenerative disorder,” Taketa said.

Taketa, a graduate of Roosevelt High School and UHM, was named as a 65th Cherry Blossom Festival Hawaii Princess in 2017. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at UHM and is one of the many examples of the various talents and faces that make up UHM and its medical school.

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