University of Minnesota


Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

Innovation Fellow Alumni

Meghan Thorne

Meghan Thorne
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MEGHAN THORNE, PhD (2014-2015)

Meghan Thorne comes to us from Ontario, Canada where she has gained 13 years of valuable hands-on medical device experience. Meghan has an acknowledged technical specialization in complex medical devices. She has worked in the fields of surgical robotics and medical imaging and analysis including advanced instrumentation, surgical simulation, haptic devices, hemodynamics, spectral analysis, and in vitro flow systems. Meghan possesses a strong ability to assess and mitigate risk throughout a project. She is future focused and thrives on new challenges.

Meghan has a PhD in Medical Biophysics and a BMSc (Bachelor of Medical Sciences) in Honors Biophysics from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. During her graduate degree and later half of her undergraduate degree, Meghan studied and worked in the Imaging Department of the Robarts Research Institute where she developed a cost-effective, non-invasive method to quantify advanced velocity indices, including turbulence intensity, using clinically available Doppler ultrasound machines to assess the risk of stroke in patients. Meghan published 8 peer-reviewed journal articles, 8 conference proceedings, and 21 proffered international presentations during this time.

In addition to her academic achievements, Meghan possesses pertinent professional experience. Meghan was employed at Titan Medical, Inc. in Canada for 3-years, where she was a Technical and Program Manager/Biophysics Scientist designing and developing next generation surgical robotic platforms. Meghan provided oversight, support, and guidance for all company functions in the areas of technology and prototype development, with specific projects including the development of surgical simulation and education training, a custom haptic device, and advanced surgical instrumentation. Meghan was also employed as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Western Ontario where she completed a 3-year 80 patient clinical trial (continued from her PhD work). During this time she also investigated the effects of cerebrovascular resistance and local compliance on blood flow within the human carotid artery.

Meghan is new to the United States and is looking forward to exploring the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys playing soccer, hiking, kayaking, rowing, baking and decorating elaborate cakes, knitting odd creatures, and playing and listening to music. Please visit her detailed LinkedIn Profile.


(Last updated August 2014)

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