Mr. Chun-Ho Ma

Recipient of the Karaoglu Research Scholarship


 It was my honor to receive the Karaoglu Research Scholarship to participate in the international internship program with The Chinese University of Kong Kong, under the direction of Dr. Arthur Mak, and the Musculoskeletal Research Center (MSRC), Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. I was glad to have Dr. Woo as my advisor and Mr. Kwang Kim as my mentor. Under their guidance, I gained valuable research experience and improved my communication skill and problem solving skill.

Chun-Ho with Kwang

My project involved performing pullout test on a new design of Magnesium (Mg)-based suture anchor to obtain the pullout force, displacement at pullout and the failure mode of the suture anchor to validate the finite-element model of Mg-based suture anchor. Suture anchors are commonly used in repairing and reconstructing the soft tissue in musculoskeletal system and the demand is very large. We believed that Mg-based suture anchors could possess advantages of both metallic and polymer suture anchors.

It was my first time to do a research project. Working at the MSRC, I not only learned how to operate the mechanical testing machine, but also the importance of literature research and how to work together as a team. I also experienced the difficulties of doing research. Last but not least, I would like to thanks the ASIAM Institute for giving me this research opportunity and Dr. Woo and Mr. Kim for their guidance.