Lina4 Lina Colucci is a Ph.D. student at the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Program. Her research focuses on developing a novel, portable sensor for non-invasive assessment of a person’s hydration state. She is excited by the healthcare revolution that is beginning and hopes to become an inventor and entrepreneur who helps shape the future of medicine. Lina graduated from Duke University in Mechanical Engineering with Departmental Distinction. In college, Lina’s research focused on cartilage tissue engineering and biomechanics. She was one of 30 Robertson Scholars selected every year to receive a full-ride and dual student privileges at both Duke and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. On her own time, Lina works on developing novel ballet pointe shoes in the effort of bringing the 200-year-old piece of equipment into the 21st century. When she was 17, Lina was first-author on a paper about her ballet shoes that was featured on the cover of Ergonomics in Design. She interned at Nike to learn more about shoe design and continue the development of her ballet shoes. Lina was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, moved extensively between Brazil, Canada and the United States, and has done research in India and Sweden. Lina is also a ballerina, an avid classical and jazz clarinetist, and a lover of art in all forms. CV (last updated Feb-2013)  

Featured in the News

04/2015     "En Pointe," Science, Vo. 348, Issue 6232, Page 366 (2015)  11/2014      "Designing Cool Stuff," Distinction: The Scholars Magazine (Fall 2014, Inaugural Issue) 06/2012     Duke Admissions Homepage: Alumni Feature (2012-2016) 03/2012     "The Next Big Thing," DMIX Magazine (Winter 2012)   

Talks Given and Articles Written

Graboyes, R., Colucci, L.A., Martin, C. Policies to Promote Health Care Innovation: A Walk on the Supply Side. 32nd NABE Economic Policy Conference. Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C., 2016. Around 50 live audience members. Colucci, L.A. Hacking Medicine: Break it down. Build it up. Make it better. Institute for Health Innovation, Duke University, 2015. Around 50 live audience members. Inspired Duke to run their own health hackathon. See video recording and slides here.  Colucci, L.A. Why We Should All Hack Medicine. TEDxBrussels, December 2014. Brussels, Belgium. Live audience of 2,000 at Bozar Theatre. Over 5,200 views on YouTube. See video here.   

Academic Publications and Patents

Colucci, L.A., Li, M., Corapi, K., Allegretti, A., Ahmed, R., Lin, H.Y., Cima, M.J. Development of Relaxometry Methods and Hardware for Routine Determination of Volume Status: Dialysis Pilot Study. Proc. Intl. Soc. Mag Reson. Med., 2016 (24): 2692.  Rowland, C.R., Colucci, L.A., Guilak, F. Fabrication of anatomically-shaped cartilage constructs using decellularized cartilage-derived matrix scaffolds. J. Biomaterials. Advanced online publication as of 9 March 2016. doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2016.03.012. Link Majmudar M.D., Colucci L.A., Landman A.B. The quantified patient of the future: Opportunities and challenges. Healthcare. 2015;3(3):153–156. pdf Colucci L.A., Li, M., Cima, M.J. Quantification of Fluid Accumulation in IP Space of Mice using Whole-Body NMR. Proc. Intl. Soc. Mag. Reson. Med., 2015 (23): 3262. pdf Li, M., Vassiliou, C.C., Colucci, L.A., Cima, M.J. 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) as a tool to measure dehydration in mice. NMR Biomed. 2015;28(8):1031–1039. pdf Cima, M.J., Li, M., Colucci, L.A., Vassiliou, C., Tavassolian, N. NMR sensor and methods for rapid, non-invasive determination of hydration state or vascular volume of a subject. U.S. Patent Pending, 2013. Colucci, L.A. The effects of freeze rate and slurry concentration on stiffness of cartilate-derived matrix scaffolds. Senior Thesis, Mechanial Engineering Department, Duke University. Faculty Advisor: Farshid Guilak. PhD Mentor: Chris Rowland. 2012. Colucci L.A., Klein, D.E. Development of an Innovative Pointe Shoe. Ergonomics in Design. 2008;16(3):6–12. (Cover story) pdf  


Harvard-MIT Health, Sciences and Technology (HST), Cambridge, MA. PhD candidate in Medical Engineering.

Expected 2018

Duke University, Pratt School of Engineering, Durham, NC. BSE Mechanical Engineering.

May 2012

Robertson Scholars Program, Joint full-ride merit scholarship and leadership development program at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 30 students are selected each year from the more than 60,000 applications to the schools. Robertson Scholars receive a unique “dual citizenship” at both universities, including coverage of all college costs (tuition, room and board, a laptop, plus a living stipend) and full funding for three summers of global travel, research, and internships.


Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. Semester abroad with coursework in Biomechanics, Product Design and Bionanotechnology.

Spring 2011