Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
Assistant Professor, Division of Pathology
Assistant Professor, Division of Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine
Principal Investigator, MURDOCK Study Osteoarthritis Study
Dr. Virginia Kraus is a physician-scientist professor in the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Her PhD training at Duke University, related to molecular biology, was in the field of eukaryotic transcription control with Dr. Joseph R. Nevins in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Her postdoctoral work with Dr. Bruce Caterson at the University of North Carolina was in the field of cartilage extracellular matrix biology and biochemistry.
Since 1995, Dr. Kraus has supervised a laboratory devoted to experimental medicine research to understand the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis and develop novel tools to aid in the diagnosis, prognosis and effective intervention of this disease. Her special interest is in biomarkers of osteoarthritis for human and pre-clinical disease investigations and their application to basic science, genetics, and clinical trials.
In a book co-authored by Dr. Kraus, The Everyday Arthritis Solution, the authors recommended several self-help strategies for individuals suffering from OA. They identified selenium, found in a multi-vitamin, as a beneficial supplement.