This past week I have enjoyed listening to everyone’s research. Since all the fellows are in a lab conducting research most of the time, we don’t have that much time to talk about our research, so it was great learning about what others are doing. I enjoyed learning how some of the projects being conducted intertwine into mines and it made me rethink the way I am tackling my research project. I saw some interconnections between my research and others but I enjoyed Iris’s project since it is completely different than mines.
Iris Chang works in Dr. Dale Bass lab in the department of Biomedical Engineering. Iris main goal for her project is to uncover the mechanism of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and discovering what causes such thing to occur. The two schools of thought for TBI is between linear and angular kinematics. Iris is more focus on exploring the role of rotational kinematics via the mechanism of shear shock waves. Studies have shown that injuries can send shock waves through the brain in an undesired direction which causes such tragic brain injury. However, how rotational acceleration works through shear waves is still not well understood.
The way she is tackling such project is by using a computer model that allows her to input rotational kinematics and analyze the strain in the model brain. Her second method is analyzing the damage done to the brain by conducting a pig brain impact testing. Her methods in her project involve methods I have never conducted and it is exciting knowing Iris is doing it. Her research made me wonder if the results from both methods be similar or will they differ? And if they differ, why? Can’t wait to hear Iris explain her lab’s data to us at the poster presentation in a few weeks. The best is yet to come.