Kristin Myers

Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering
234 S.W. Mudd, Mail code: 4703
Phone: (212) 854-2957
Fax:     (212) 854-3304
Email: kmm2233@columbia.edu
Kristin Myers received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from MIT and conducted her post-doctoral research at Johns Hopkins University from 2008 to 2010. Her research focuses on the mechanical behavior of solid materials with a specific interest in the structure-property relationships of hydrated biomaterials. Her lab investigates the mechanical behavior of soft tissues, as says for biochemical properties, and builds material models based on biochemical structure-function relationships.One of the main focuses of the lab is the characterization of the cervix during normal pregnancy and the pre term labor condition known as cervical insufficiency. Through structure-material property relationships we identify abnormal extra cellular matrix components that lead to the altered mechanical function of the tissue.
 
Publications
 
Yoshida K, Jiang H, Kim M, Vink J, Cremers S, Paik D, Wapner R, Mahendroo M, Myers K. Quantitative evaluation of collagen crosslinks and corresponding tensile mechanical properties in mouse cervical tissue during normal pregnancy (PMCID: PMC4232411).
2014 Nov 14;9(11):e112391. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0112391. eCollection 2014
 
Noelia Zork, Kristin Myers, Kyoko Yoshida, Serge Cremers, Hongfeng Jiang, Cande Ananth, Ronald Wapner, Jan Kitajewski, and Joy Vink. A systematic evaluation of collagen cross-links in the human cervix (PMID 25281365). American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 212(3):321.e1–321.e8, March 2015
 
Yu Gan, Wang Yao, Kristin Myers, Joy Vink, Ronald Wapner, and Christine Hendon. Analyzing three-dimensional ultrastructure of human cervical tissue using optical coherence tomography. Biomedical Optics Express, 6(4):1090–1108, 2015
 
Kristin Myers, Helen Feltovich, Edoardo Mazza, Joy Vink, Michael Bajka, Ronald Wapner, Tim Hall, and Michael House. The mechanical role of the cervix in pregnancy. in press Journal of Biomechanics, 2015 (doi:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.02.065)
 
Kristin Myers, Christine Hendon, Yu Gan, Wang Yao , Kyoko Yoshida, Michael Fernandez, Joy Vink, and Ronald Wapner. A continuous fiber distribution material model for human cervical tissue. in press Journal of Biomechanics, 2015 (doi:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.02.060)
 
Michael Fernandez, Michael House, Sachin Jambawalikar, Noelia Zork, Joy Vink, RonaldWapner, and Kristin Myers. Investigating the mechanical function of the cervix during pregnancy using finite element models derived from high resolution 3D MRI. in press Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, 2015


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