Bio-X Graduate Student Fellow

Awarded in 2007
Home Department: Bioengineering
Faculty Advisors: Marc Levenston (Mechanical Engineering), Garry Gold (Radiology), and Brian Hargreaves (Radiology)

Research Title: Defining and Detecting Meniscal Heterogeneity: Implications for Treatment and Diagnosis of Osteoarthritis

Research Description: Min-Sun’s work involved investigating the role of the meniscus in the progression of knee osteoarthritis, a debilitating joint disease. She studied the gene expressions of various proteins that are known to be important in the degeneration of cartilage and the meniscus. Her research involved providing a target to test various tissue engineering strategies. She also worked on detecting meniscal degeneration in the clinical setting by extracting information from MRI images of osteoarthritic knees. As the meniscus lacks a self-healing response and often shows signs of degeneration before the cartilage does, such methods would contribute to early diagnosis of osteoarthritis and prevent further progression of the disease.


Min-Sun is a director of clinical engineering at Triton Medical Robotics.