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  • Computational and Experimental Trauma Biomechanics Research Assistantships

    Project Title: Computational and Experimental Trauma Biomechanics Research Assistantship
    Position Need: 1-2 MS/PhD (PhD preferred), start August 2015
    Funding: Funded via a GRA, funds in place

    We are seeking full time PhD student(s) for biomechanics research in the field of trauma/injury fluid and solid biomechanics.

    Our group and facilities are located in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. This research effort will be in the Center for Injury Biomechanics (CIB) at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Students will have the opportunity to work on a range of projects in the field of automobile safety, military safety, sports biomechanics and pediatric trauma. The research at the CIB combines computational modeling, experimental testing, and case data analysis to investigate human injury vascular and solid biomechanics.

    Computational modeling is a growing component of injury biomechanics and trauma research. Opportunities in this area will allow the student(s) to lead in model development and validation efforts including morphological scaling, parametric meshing and validation, multi-postural and multi-modality model development for civilian and military applications. Additional research efforts related to injury biomechanics involve the reconstruction of real-world vehicle crash for occupant and pedestrian injury analysis and the study of advance crash notification systems.

    Experimental models of trauma allow us to evaluate the pathophysiologic response to injury. This includes changes in inflammation, coagulation and metabolism. Studying these biologic responses aids in the development of improved treatments for injury. These translational experiments allow the student(s) to work closely with physicians and medical students to translate their biomedical engineering skills directly to patient care.

    The Biomedical Engineering department at Wake Forest has collaborations with various departments at within the School of Medicine focused on the development of novel medical and research devices. These include experimental fixtures, exercise/rehabilitation instrumentation, as well as surgical tools, diagnostics, and hardware. Students will be heavily engaged in the design process, conceptualization, prototyping, and evaluation of multiple concurrent device development timelines.

    Interested students should have a strong biomedical, mechanical, electrical engineering or mathematics background send a cover letter and C.V. to one of the faculty listed below by May 1st for consideration for the incoming graduate class (Fall 2015). Selected applicants will be required to apply to the graduate program of VT-WFU SBES (Wake Forest Campus), .

    Contact information

    Solid mechanics, design, and modeling research: Scott Gayzik,
    Fluid mechanics trauma research: Ellie Rahbar,