Designed especially for neurobiologists, FluoRender is an interactive tool for multi-channel fluorescence microscopy data visualization and analysis.
Deep brain stimulation
BrainStimulator is a set of networks that are used in SCIRun to perform simulations of brain stimulation such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and magnetic transcranial stimulation (TMS).
Developing software tools for science has always been a central vision of the SCI Institute.
Dr. Penny Atkins

Dr. Penny Atkins - Director, Research and Science

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supervisor Dr. Manish Parashar
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Penny received her BS in Industrial Engineering (Montana State University, 2009) and her PhD in Bioengineering (University of Utah, 2018). Penny also worked for four years at the Idaho National Laboratory designing a new process line. Her PhD research applied a number of computational and imaging methods to improve our understanding of the initiation and progression of hip diseases affecting young, active populations. During her post-doctoral fellowship at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, Penny investigated fracture healing in patients using high-resolution imaging before returning to Utah to join the SCI Institute in November 2020.

Current Responsibilities

  • Develop methods to interpret and analyze results from computational models (i.e. statistical shape modeling or finite element analysis) relative to clinical findings
  • Support development of ShapeWorks and FEBio towards expanding the user base to include clinical users

Research Interests

  • Computational and clinical biomechanics
  • Form-function relationship
  • Medical image analysis