Have you ever found a job you love completely by accident? This is what happened to Lindsay Ma, third year Biophysics major from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Lindsay was applying for research based work study positions at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in Ann Arbor and accidently applied for a non-work study position. She got the position and has been doing the research that is the topic of her recently published paper, “Design Analysis and Optimization of a Single Layer PDMS Microfluidic Artificial Lung.”

Ma, along with her lab mentors and co-authors, Alex Thompson, Thomas Plegue and Joseph Potkay had their work published recently. To read their work, follow this link.

Ma says she likes that research is a major part of being at the University of Michigan. “My research feels very purposeful.”

Along with her publication, Ma has also done poster presentations at the 2017 and 2018 Microfluidics Symposium, hosted by the University of Michigan department of Biomedical Sciences annually.

Ma also lead an oral presentation at the 2017 annual American Society for Artificial Organs Conference, where she was presented with an ASAIO Fellowship award sponsored by the ASAIOfyi and Paul S. Malchesky Fund.

Ma, along with her lab, are currently working on rabbit bench top tests with nitric oxide sweep gas and PEG (polyethylene glycol) coated devices, in partnership with the ECMO lab at the University of Michigan hospital.

In the future, Ma hopes to attend medical school to focus on surgery.