Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Univerity of California, Irvine College of Medicine

The Zeta Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Student Research Fellowship Recipients

Recipient in 2003: Lynn Chiu

The effect of photodynamic therapy on human keloid fibroblasts in tissue engineered keratinocyte-fibroblast co-culture evaluated by two-photon microscopy

Lynn joined Brian Wong's laboratory at Beckman Laser Institute during her first year to study laser-assisted cartilage reshaping using in vivo models. During her first two years in medical school, she has received grants from the NSF, NIH, US Air Force, the American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), and the Dean's Office for completion of her work. She received UC Irvine's Vincent P. Carroll, Jr. Memorial Research Award given to the medical student contributing the most to medical research, as well as an award from the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Her current interests in keloid tissue engineering overlap with her undergraduate honors thesis in angiogenesis and wound-healing at Stanford's Department of Dermatology. This AOA fellowship, in addition to a research grant from the ASLMS, will support Lynn's work in creating an artificially engineered in vitro keloid model that will be used for further molecular studies on the efficacy of Photodynamic Therapy. Keloids are a significant functional and cosmetic problem and current treatment methods are unsatisfactory with the clinical results being difficult to predict. Success of this raft study will accelerate the study of keloids at the cellular and molecular level. The potential applications for this technique to study wound healing are broad and apply to many other clinical disciplines.