Kyoko Yoshida receives NSF CAREER award

June 6, 2023 — Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Kyoko Yoshida has received one of the nation’s most prestigious early-career research grants, which will support her work to advance the health of pregnant patients and babies.

Prof. Yoshida will use the $578,070 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant to research critical changes in the uterus during pregnancy.

More specifically, the project will develop a computer model to better understand how mechanical changes in the uterus due to the growing fetus control uterine adaptations and mechanical function during pregnancy. Knowledge gained from this project could help researchers understand other organs where even tiny deformations can lead to mechanical failure.

A hands-on educational program for pregnant and parenting high school girls, a severely underrepresented group in science and engineering, will be incorporated into the funded project and include a hosted on-campus college experience.