2012 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Mechanical Engineering
Supported by: Steve Krausz and Marisa Arredondo
Mentor: David Hovsepian, Professor of Radiology (Diagnostic Radiology)

Shaughnessy Brennan Brown is a rising junior in mechanical engineering. Her research is in interventional radiology at the Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, where she currently studies the effects of tract embolization during CT-guided lung biopsies on pneumothorax rates. She is particularly interested in the intersection between surgical device innovation and nanotechnology. In the future, she plans on graduate school in nuclear engineering before embarking on a combined MD/PhD. In the meantime, she enjoys sporting clays, flying, and practicing her Russian with friends.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 27, 2012:

Factors Influencing Pneumothorax Rate during CT-Guided Lung Biopsy: Patient Outcomes and Impacts of Tract Embolization

Shaughnessy Brennan Brown1, Andrew Tran3, Jarrett Rosenberg2, David Hovsepian4
[Departments of Mechanical Engineering1and Radiology2and School of Medicine3, Stanford University; Department of Radiology4, Stanford University Medical Center]