A researcher and a patient, Linda Griffith, is studying how the painful disease of endometriosis can be understood through analyzing the disorder using methods from the field of biological engineering. There is still much to be learned about what causes the disease. Likewise, there is very little that has been accomplished in the way of treatment for endometriosis. However, Griffith’s approach to research is through mapping widespread inflammation in the body and identifying the molecules, cells, and proteins potentially involved in spurring the illness. Called “a much more comprehensive approach to understanding the disease than anyone’s done in the past” by the chair of the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medicine, Griffith’s research may open the door to significantly better treatment of the disease in the future.