Christopher Lam is a first year Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student at Duke University, under the mentorship of Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam. Chris is most recently from Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated in 2007 from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering and was awarded the Herman Schneider Medal for "distinction as an exemplary co-op student -- one who has taken fullest advantage of the unique opportunities of a cooperative education.” His undergraduate and post-baccalaureate research in the Fetal Cardiovascular Surgery laboratory of Dr. Pirooz Eghtesady at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, focused on understanding the pathophysiology of a severe form of congenital heart defect known as Hypoplastic left heart syndrome and supporting efforts for the clinical translation of in-utero fetal cardiac repair surgery. In the fall of 2010, he began pursuit of a Master’s of Science in Global Health at the Duke Global Health Institute, under the guidance of Drs. Svati Shah, Bimal Shah, and Lijing Yan. He spent three months in China as a visiting research fellow at the George Institute for Chronic Disease to investigate factors for non-compliance in anti-hypertensive medication in elderly Tibetan pastoralist. Concurrent with the pursuit of his master’s, he also served for two years as the teaching assistant for Dr. Robert Malkin’s senior design capstone course, BME262L/462L Design for the Developing World. This summer he successfully defended his master’s dissertation and hopes to have continued involvement in global health related projects. Chris’s current research efforts in the Tissue Optical Spectroscopy (TOpS) lab involves the refinement and field testing of a cervical cancer screening optical device for use in limited-resource settings. Chris and other TOpS lab members will be traveling to a Family Health Ministries women’s health clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti to gather pilot study data with the device during the upcoming year.
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