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Christine DeDen

Christine DeDen - Undergraduate Research Assistant - Musculoskeletal Research Laboratories

phone (435) 640-9426
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advisor Dr. Benjamin Ellis


  • Currently a biomedical engineering undergraduate student with an emphasis in biomechanics
  • Currently minoring in music

  • Undergraduate research assistant for the Molecular Bioengineering Laboratory under Dr. Russell Stewart and graduate student, Nicholas Ashton
    • Assisted in the testing of material and mechanical properties of caddisfly larvae silk to produce a synthetic underwater tissue adhesive
    • Performed microscopic dissections of caddisfly larvae
    • Prepared samples through histological techniques

Current Responsibilities

  • Undergraduate research assistant for the Musculoskeletal Research Laboratories (MRL) of the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute (SCI) under Dr. Benjamin Ellis and graduate student, Sean Finley
    • Research funded through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
    • Currently examine hard and soft tissue mechanics via the finite element method and computational biomechanics to produce patient-specific open source-models of the human lumbar spine

Research Interests

  • Computational Biomechanics
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries