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Monica Lin, Ph.D. 2017

Bioengineering
Advisor: Prof. Maharbiz
Research Interests: Medical devices

BIOGRAPHY
Monica Lin is PhD student in the UC Berkeley - UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering, with a research focus on medical devices. She is interested in developing sensors to address unmet clinical needs, and currently works in Dr. Michel Maharbiz's lab developing an electronic bandage to detect pressure ulcers and another device to monitor fracture healing.

Impedance Spectroscopy to Monitor Fracture Healing [BPN780]
An estimated 15 million fracture injuries occur each year in the United States. Of these, 10%
of fractures result in delayed or non-union, with this number rising to 46% when they occur
in conjunction with vascular injury. Current methods of monitoring include taking X-rays and
making clinical observations. However, radiographic techniques lag and physician examination
of injury is fraught with subjectivity. No standardized methods exist to assess the extent of
healing that has taken place in a fracture, revealing the need for a diagnostic device that
can reliably detect non-union in its early pathologic phases. Electrical impedance
spectroscopy has been used to characterize different tissues, and we hypothesize that this
technique can be applied to fractures to distinguish between the various types of tissue
present in the clearly defined stages of healing. We are developing an objective measurement
tool that utilizes impedance spectroscopy to monitor fracture healing, with the goal of
providing physicians with more information that can resolve the initial stages of fracture
healing. This would enable early intervention to prevent problem fractures from progressing
to non-union.


Current Active Projects:
BPN714
BPN780
 

     Last Updated: Wed 2016-Jul-27 12:24:19

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