Designed especially for neurobiologists, FluoRender is an interactive tool for multi-channel fluorescence microscopy data visualization and analysis.
Large scale visualization on the Powerwall.
BrainStimulator is a set of networks that are used in SCIRun to perform simulations of brain stimulation such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and magnetic transcranial stimulation (TMS).
Developing software tools for science has always been a central vision of the SCI Institute.
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