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Rachel Shi

Mary Gates Research Scholar, Winter 2022

Research Project: Sensit-IV: Bedside device for early shock detection and guided fluid resuscitation

Project Description: Shock is a critical condition that can be induced by a myriad of causes, making it a major burden on intensive care units (ICUs) globally. Clinically, it is defined as acute circulatory failure that results in systemic hypoperfusion to organs and inadequate oxygen utilization. When shock is not appropriately addressed, capillaries exhibit maladaptive behavior, causing fluid accumulation that greatly compromises organ function. The challenge is that shock is highly heterogenous, which makes it difficult to accurately quantify, and current tests are imprecise due to physiological differences between patients. Due to these limitations, we are developing a device that monitors shock-indicating biomarkers to more reliably track shock progression and optimize treatment protocols.

What have you learned throughout your research project?

I learned how to effectively manage the roles and contributions of a project team, peruse literature efficiently, and how to develop workarounds in the face of challenges.

What piece of advice do you have for future applicants?

Do what interests you and don’t be afraid to branch out! Reach out to professors and peers and build relationships with your colleagues.