Michaela Maintz


PhD topic: Smart Implant Design

Optimized mandible implant design: additive-manufacturing and in silico validation by biomechanical characterization


Background and Research Interests

Michaela Maintz is a PhD Candidate in the MIRACLE Smart Implants Group as well as in the Institute for Medical Engineering and Medical Informatics at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). She is a medical technician and completed her Master's Degree in Life Sciences specializing in Biomedical Engineering. She has gathered experience as a biomedical engineer using intraoperative optical guidance and digital pathology during her studies and her work at the Department of Biomedical Engineering (IMT) at Linköping University, Sweden. Her current focus is the study of nature-inspired, “intelligent” implant design, predictive modelling and biomechanical validation of minimally invasive fracture fixation plates. Her work aims to integrate optimization algorithms in the design process of fracture fixation plates to provide ideal stability under consideration of patient anatomy and biomechanical and additive manufacturing requirements of titanium, bioresorbable materials and high-performance (PEEK) polymers. In the near future, the validation of implant efficacy will be conducted in silico with computational models, eliminating the need for expensive and time-consuming biomechanical trials, further enabling fast custom production of safe implants at the point-of-care.

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Michaela Maintz
PhD Candidate

Gewerbestrasse 14
4123 Allschwil, Switzerland 

Maintz M. Data representation for fluorescence guided stereotactic brain tumor biopsies: Development and evaluation of a visual and auditory user interface. Digitala Vetenskapliga Arkivet Portal; 2018.

Maintz M, Black D, Haj-Hosseini N, editors. Auditory and Visual User Interface for Optical Guidance During Stereotactic Brain Tumor Biopsies. 2019 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC); 2019: IEEE.

Tampu IE, Maintz M, Koller D, Johansson K, Gimm O, Capitanio A, et al. Optical coherence tomography for thyroid pathology: 3D analysis of tissue microstructure. Biomed Opt Express. 2020;11(8):4130-49.

Maintz M, Herrmann S, Sharma N, Thieringer F. Finite element model validation for the presurgical treatment planning of mandibular angle fractures. CARS 2021: Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery Proceedings of the 35th International Congress and Exhibition Munich, Germany. 2021:91-3.

Sharma N, Welker D, Aghlmandi S, Maintz M, Zeilhofer H-F, Honigmann P, et al. A Multi-Criteria Assessment Strategy for 3D Printed Porous Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) Patient-Specific Implants for Orbital Wall Reconstruction. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2021;10(16):3563.