Alexandra Levinson

Alexandra Levinson
Mentor: Dr. Malisa Sarntinoranont
College of Engineering
 
"I became involved in research because I wanted more from my education than strictly academics. Through research, I can develop my own solutions to problems that I find interesting and important. "

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Optics
  • Various flow problems

Research Description

Intrathecal Drug Delivery
The objective of my research project is to accurately model the concentration, spread, and flow of intrathecally injected drugs. This method of drug therapy is widely applicable, yet underdeveloped. An intrathecal injection occurs at the spinal cord, and travels locally in complex flow patterns. My aim is to simulate these flow patterns using an in vitro model of the spinal cord, and to test three common variables: heart rate, the use of various pharmaceuticals, and orientation.