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. The 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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The lab is listening and learning about ways we can end racial disparities in Women’s Health. Beyond today, we aim to infuse our academic practice with these lessons and open ourselves to more listening and more action. #ShutDownSTEM #BlackLivesMatter #BlackMamasMatter

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Welcome Summer 2020!

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Myers Lab featured on Netflix’s Sex, Explained

Netflix, sex, explained childbirth

See our work featured on the “Childbirth” episode of Netflix’s Sex, Explained!

Netflix Sex, Explained Trailer

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Myers Lab in the Media

Check out recent stories about our work in the MIT Technology Review and Nova online.

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Interface Focus – Women’s Health

Are you interested in getting into Women’s Health research as a bioengineer? Here’s a perfect place to start! The Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special issue of Interface Focus entitled

Bioengineering in women’s health, Volume 1: female health and pathology and Volume 2: pregnancy—from implantation to parturition.  Both issues are organized by Kristin Miller, Kristin Myers and Michelle Oyen and the articles for both issues can be accessed directly at  Volume 1 and Volume 2.

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Kristin wins the PECASE

We are honored to be recognized for our work in pregnancy biomechanics!  See the Columbia SEAS press release.


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We were on NPR!


Photo Credit: Adrienne Grunwald for NPR

Check out our NPR Health Story:




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We are on twitter – @kmyerslab

Check out our (mostly Kristin) twitter feed – @kmyerslab

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New paper – Cyclic Mechanical Properties of Infection and Hormone Mediated Cervical Remodeling

Our new manuscript detailing the mechanical properties of the cervix subjected to infection- and hormone-mediated premature cervical remodeling is now online in Acta Biomaterialia.

The article is authored by Charles Jayyosi in collaboration with Mala Mahendroo’s lab at UTSWMC.

Article – Acta Biomaterialia:
The mechanical response of the mouse cervix to tensile cyclic loading in term and preterm pregnancy

Raw Data – Columbia Academic Commons:

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