• Collagen Quantification

    In preparation to correlate collagen with vitreoretinal adhesion, regional collagen is currently being quantified using scanning electron microscopy and image analysis.

  • Human Infant FEM

    Anatomy plays a crucial role in prediction of injury during inertial head motion. In collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, we are currently working on a high resolution finite element model for predicting skull fracture and intracranial injury.

  • Vitreous Dynamic Properties

    Using dynamic spectral interconversion, we are able to overcome inherent challenges such as inertial artifacts and rapid decomposition.

  • Microstructure Visualization

    Three-dimensional volumetric representation of the subarachnoid space. The arachnoid trabeculae (yellow) and a subarachnoid blood vessel (red) were segmented from a series of OCT images within the cortical surface of the porcine brain.

  • Injury Biomechanics Lab Members

    The Developmental Injury Biomechanics Lab could not exist without the dedication and hard work of the students and staff. We have a fabulous group that enjoys interacting both inside and outside of the lab.

Developmental Head Injury Biomechanics

The 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.

Student Spotlight

Boston Terry

Boston Terry

Name: Boston Clark Terry

Program: Electrical Engineering

Hometown: American Fork, Utah

Previous degrees/Institutions: Electrical Engineering BS. (In Progress), University of Utah

Research Interests/Project: Research Interests: Systems and Signal Processing,  Project: Diffusion tensor imaging of large animal TBI models

Honors/Awards: Eagle Scout Award

Interests outside of research: Music composition, keyboard synthesizers, early 1900s horror novels, rock climbing, hiking, cooking, and home-brewing

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Recent Activity

New Funding to Mitigate Risk of Concussion


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…

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Congratulations Jourdan!


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…

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Award won at the SB3C!

The White House in our Nation's Capitol, Washington D.C.!

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…

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Lab Welcomes Women of Hi-GEAR 2016

Hi Gear high school women learning about science and engineering.

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…

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ARVO 2016 Seattle, WA

Jourdan Colter

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…

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