Our long-term goal is to develop and use mechanics-based technology that can non-invasively detect soft tissue microdamage and disease.  Our research program has two tool-building pillars that work toward this larger goal: (1) optimization of full-field methods for tissue characterization and (2) construction of injury criteria and continuum damage models.  Short and long-term, the tools we develop will facilitate (3) novel, hypothesis-driven research on injury risk, prevention, and treatment.


Structure from function with full-field constitutive modeling

Soft tissue injury criteria

Fracture properties of the non-collageneous matrix

Alterations in tissue microstructure and function