Doctoral candidate Mustafa Unal receives Baxter Young Investigator Award

Mustafa Unal, a doctoral candidate in the lab of Ozan Akkus professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been selected as a Baxter Young Investigator for his research entitled “Assessment of Bone Quality by Novel Spectroscopic Biomarkers” in the category of Instrumental & Analytical Sciences.

The Baxter Young Investigator Award is highly competitive annual award program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the U.S. sponsored by global health care company Baxter International Inc.

Unal’s research combines mechanical engineering and biomedical optics. His current work focuses on the involvement of water in fracture resistance of bone. Skeletal fragility due to the aging and disease, like osteoporosis, osteopetrosis and osteopenia, is a major social health problem affecting the lives of millions of people. Accurate assessment of fracture risk is critical to help timely inception of therapy or help to avoid unnecessary treatments. In his research, Unal has developed a novel Raman spectroscopy (a laser based vibrational spectroscopic technique)-based nondestructive method to assess hydration status in bone, providing a new tool for the determination of bone quality.

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