PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering
I have joined the Wagoner Johnson lab in Fall 2019. Being so passionate about helping patients and improving their quality of life, I was always interested in research related to biomaterials and biomechanics. It was a great opportunity to find a lab that fits my research interests so well.
I am working on the bone scaffolds project with a goal to maximize the bone growth in the scaffolds after implantation.
Being a first year student, I am getting trained to use different material characterization techniques that I will be using for my research.
SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY
I have trained to use the scanning electron microscope in the materials research laboratory to assess the quality of the material and manufacturing techniques for the scaffold (its dimensions and its porosity)
Using the MicroCT scanner at the Beckman Microscopy Suite, I was trained to scan the scaffolds post implantation to asses the bone growth inside the scaffold and then be able to further enhance the scaffold and maximize bone ingrowth.
CT SCAN POST PROCESSING
I use the visualization lab at Beckman to post process CT scans of pig mandibles and use their 3D models to test the loading on the bone scaffolds pre implantation.
The original CT scan that produced this 3D model was provided by Janet Sinn-Hanlon from the College of Veterinary Medicine.