Miss Laura Jayne Pedofsky
Masters in Dairy Science and Technology (Distinction), Massey University; BE(Hons) Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury
Laura holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) from the University of Canterbury and a Masters in Dairy Science and Technology (Distinction) from Massey University. She is pursuing a PhD in Bioengineering, researching women's pelvic floor muscle health.
Prior to undertaking her PhD, Laura spent 3 years in industry working for Fonterra and Fisher and Paykel Appliances. With most of her time spent in product design (cooking appliances) she hopes that these skills can be applied to the medical device space, particularly in FemTech.
Laura grew up in the South Island and is a mad fan of the outdoors. She will be found training for endurance triathlon and mountain biking, when she is not doing research! As a female in engineering, Laura is wildly passionate about informing girls about engineering and encouraging them into STEM-related careers.
Research | Current
Laura's PhD research is in women's pelvic floor muscle health. The Pelvic Floor Health Research Group has designed the femfit, a pressure sensing device worn inside the vagina to detect when an effective pelvic floor muscle contraction is performed, and sends this as real time biofeedback to a mobile app. Laura's research looks at the utility of the femfit, and enhancing the device design to meet different applications.
Laura is running a clinical study through the Auckland DHB, for women who have urinary incontinence, to use the femfit at home for 12 weeks. She is also investigating using the femfit in a clinical setting, and is working with gynaecologists and pelvic floor physiotherpists to determine how quantifying pelvic floor muscle function could assist their patients. From an medical device design point of view, Laura is looking how the femfit could be used during exercise, so is further developing the femfit design for retention.
Women in HealthTech Steering Group member