Advanced Platform Technology Center
Rahila Ansari, MD, MS
Dr. Ansari is principal investigator on a project developing polymer muscle substitutes. The group has started to develop lightweight, flexible exoskeletons, using "smart" biomimetic polymer actuators that might eventually help a user maintain the steady- state between disuse atrophy and overuse destruction, thus potentially altering the course of the disease and increasing the time over which natural muscle mass can be retained.
Photo: Researcher in the Enabling Technologies Program