Educational Background:B.S., Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, expected May 2009
MSRC Research Group:Shoulder Dynamics Group
Lab Contact Info:Musculoskeletal Research Center
405 Center for Bioengineering
300 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
- Soft Tissue Biomechanics
- Shoulder Joint Biomechanics
- Computational Modeling
Current project:My current projects focus on examining strain within the glenohumeral capsule. One of my current projects involves the development of an injury model for capsular tissue. This model allows us to examine the effects of a tensile elongation on the development of permanent deformation in the tissue, as well as any changes in the mechanical properties that result. Another project I am working on involves collecting capsular strain data using a robotic-UFS testing system to apply various loadings to a cadaveric shoulder. These strains can then be used to validate subject-specific finite element models developed by other researchers at the lab. Our hope is that a better understanding of strain in the glenohumeral capsule during normal and injured states will eventually help clinicians better diagnose and treat capsular injuries.
I was born and raised in Erie, PA and have a younger brother and sister. I attended high school at Cathedral Prep and decided to pursue a degree in Bioengineering at Pitt after visiting and seeing the numerous opportunities that exist for research here.
Me and family at Christmas
Me and friends at a Pitt football game
Hobbies: Running, Golf, Tennis, Skiing, Music/Concerts, Cooking/Food, Road trips
Home Country: USA