Kristin Zhao, PhD
Kristin D. Zhao, Ph.D., uses innovative technologies, device fabrication and imaging methods to investigate pathogenesis related to the musculoskeletal system. The long-term goal of Dr. Zhao's research team is to develop and use diagnostic tools to enable earlier diagnosis, prescribe effective interventions for individuals with disabilities and diseases, and assess outcomes.
Dr. Zhao's team consists of physicians, nurses, therapists, engineers and administrative staff who collaborate with external and internal investigators. Fields of study included in Dr. Zhao and her colleagues' research include radiology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, physiology and biomedical engineering, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Zhao's research focuses on the development of assistive technologies across the lifespan, as well as the integration of novel technologies to address issues such as spinal cord injury, upper limb loss, osteoarthristis and neuromuscular diseases. Additionally Dr. Zhao's team is interested in including analyses of sex differences and alleviating health disparities while addressing important translational questions.
Organizations including the National Institutes of Health, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Department of Defense have all contributed funding to Dr. Zhao's research. Currently, Dr. Zhao is collaborating on research with external investigators from St. Catherine University, Vanderbilt University, Italian Institute of Technology/University of Pisa and the University of Minnesota.