Research in our laboratory is primarily motivated by a desire to mitigate the significance of traumatic brain injury. Head trauma commonly results in injury to both neural and vascular tissue. Our group focuses on better describing the mechanical environment of the cerebral blood vessels during trauma as well as their response to these forces. Expertise in blood vessel testing techniques has also led to a number of collaborations addressing other medical problems and challenges, including diseases associated with pre-term birth and the delivery of drugs across the blood-brain barrier.

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Matt Converse

Matt Converse

Degree Program: PhD
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Delaware, OH
Previous Degrees: BS from BYU
Research Interests: Traumatic Brain Injury Mechanics!
Honors / Awards: Recipient of College of Engineering Wayne Brown Graduate Fellowship
Favorite way to spend time away from school: I love spending time with my wife and friends.  I love the outdoors, especially camping, hiking, and almost any sport (basketball, tennis, golf, frisbee).  I also enjoy being involved in my church and other volunteer organizations.
Thing I love most about Salt Lake: It has a great combination of city life while also being right at the foot of fabulous mountains
Favorite hike: Mt. Timpanogos and the Subway in Zion’s National Park
Ideal career: directing a research group for a medical device company

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Sameer Nandikar

Sameer Nandikar

Degree Program: M.S. Department: Mechanical Engineering Hometown: Pune (India) Research Interests: Finite element analysis, Biomechanics, Solid Mechanics Favorite way to spend time away from school: I Love to watch movies, read, write, l[...]

Stretch-induced dysfunction paper accepted

Stretch-induced dysfunction paper accepted

Congratulations to Dave and to our collaborator Tony Donato for acceptance of our paper entitled "Cerebrovascular dysfunction following subfailure axial stretch" for publication in the Journal of [...]

Cerebral artery development paper accepted

Cerebral artery development paper accepted

Congratulations to Kevin, Matt, and our collaborators in the Albertine Lab, on the acceptance of our paper entitled "Development of mechanical and failure properties in sheep cerebral [...]