Cranial trauma research puts TSA agents on edge

Friday, June 23, 2023
A model skull with a large metal "patch" on it

Photo by Elizabeth Mamros.

TSA agents at the Pittsburgh airport got a scare recently, when Ph.D. candidate Elizabeth Mamros ’23G sent her research — which aims to create customizable trauma fixation hardware that will hold bones together while they heal — through the scanner. “I told him, ‘It’s part of my research… Don’t worry, it’s not real!’” Now back at the place of its origin, UNH’s John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center, “Skully” helps Mamros and other NH BioMade researchers create strong, lightweight solutions to help fractured skulls heal.