Developmental Head Injury BiomechanicsThe biological structures of the head and eye are continually changing with age. Rapid growth and development in young children, and rapid degradation in the elderly, makes identification of age-dependent structural and mechanical properties crucial to understanding patient specific injury and disease. In the Developmental Head Injury Biomechanics Lab, we explore the microscopic and macroscopic structure of the head and eye at different stages of development. We use principals of engineering to characterize the biomechanical response of these structures to injury and disease. These data not only help us understand the initiation of injury and disease, but also allow us to design and implement accurate and complex computer models that can accelerate the development of age-appropriate injury prevention, diagnosis and treatment strategies for traumatic brain and ocular injury.
Program: PhD, Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Cape Elizabeth, ME
Previous degrees/Institutions: BS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester
Research Interests/Project: Long term ocular injury from blast exposure.
Honors/Awards: 2009-2012 Dean's Transfer Scholarship; 2012 University of Utah TA Fellowship
Interests outside of research: Rock climbing, cooking, fitness, soccer, skiing, teaching.
Little known fact about Dan: I have a not-so-secret love of 'Glee'
15 minutes of fame: During a sudde<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>... Read More
The Smart and Connected Health Program through the National Science Foundation recently awarded our team (in collaboration with several others) a grant titled Reducing Traumatic Brain Injury Risk…Read More
Jourdan Colter successfully defended her Master’s thesis today to her graduate committee as well as family and friends. Her thesis, Design Optimization of a Hyaluronic-Acid Based Hydrogel Drug-Delivery Device…Read More
Big congratulations to Kiffer Creveling, and Boston Terry who presented their research at the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, & Biotransport conference at National Harbor, Maryland. Kiffer presented his work on the…Read More
Hi-GEAR: The lab was very excited to host a workshop for the high school women involved in the Hi-GEAR (Girls Engineering Abilities Realized) Camp run by…Read More
Jourdan Colter and Dr. Brittany Coats attended the 2016 ARVO conference to present research from our lab to other ophthalmologists around the world. Jourdan’s work is…Read More