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Myers Lab Summer Research Projects

We are so proud of our undergraduate and masters level students, who recently wrapped up their summer research projects! Their final presentations were recorded and we are so excited to share!

Tara Atkinson

Tara is currently a masters student in Mechanical Engineering. Her project this summer focused on developing a parametric model of monkey uteri.

Anabella Advincula

Anabella is an incoming freshman student at Barnard College. She led a team in the Columbia University Summer Design Challenge to reimagine prenatal care for better telemedicine visits. Other members of the team were Tara Atkinson, Arielle Feder, and Imani Phillips.

Lizzie Ayton

Lizzie is an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering who joined the Myers lab this summer to work on finite element modeling of the rodent reproductive tract. She focused on building a parametric model of the mouse uterus and cervix.

A) parametric solid model of nonpregnant mouse uterine horn and cervix generated from ultrasound data B) Preliminary finite element analysis mapping the first principal strain with a 1kPa pressure applied to the inner surface. The model has a neo-Hookean material applied to the entire body.┬áThe ultrasounds measurements were from Conway et al. “Biaxial biomechanical properties of the nonpregnant murine cervix and uterus” and Jennifer Anderson, Purdue University (SB3C 2020).

Divya Rajasekharan & Arielle Feder

Divya and Arielle are undergraduate students in Mechanical Engineering who worked jointly this summer to build parametric patient-specific models of the uterus and cervix for late gestation. They also worked on modeling additional structures important for birthing simulations, the pelvic bone (Divya) and vaginal canal (Arielle). Their videos have been uploaded to Columbia Academic Commons, and can be found using the links below:

Late Pregnancy Uterus Model:

Pelvic Bone and Vaginal Canal Models:

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