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Columnist: Tina Morrison, PhD

Tina Morrison, Ph.D. is a mechanical engineer who studied Cardiovascular Biomechanics for two years as a post doctoral fellow at Stanford University. Her research focused on quantifying the in vivo deformations of the thoracic aorta from CT imaging. She continues her research efforts as a Medical Device Fellow at the Food and Drug Administration at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health in the Office of Device Evaluation. She has been a scientific reviewer and principal investigator on two projects since 2008. She is a co-principal investigator on a Critical Path Initiative (CPI)-funded project titled "Leveraging the Simulation-Based Engineering and Medical Imaging Technology Revolutions for Cardiovascular Devices", where she is greatly involved in the effort to enhance the use of simulation-based engineering in the regulatory review process. Additionally, she is the principal investigator on a multi-center CPI project titled “Characterization of Human Aortic Anatomy Project (CHAP)”, a multicenter study examining the anatomical parameters of diseased aortas. She received her Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University in 2006. http://www.tinamorrison.com **The views expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Food and Drug Administration.**