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Utah Head Trauma Lab

Media:  Coats Receives 2018 U Career & Professional Development Faculty Recognition Award | Brittany Coats & Ashley Spear Receive $591K from U.S. Dept. of Justice for Infant Skull Fracture Research | ME Profs. Minor, Coats, Merryweather & Collaborators Receive $1.75M NSF Award for Smart Helmet Project | Brittany Coats Receives NIH Grant to Investigate Vitreoretinal Adhesion Changes with Age | Understanding Brain Injury | Brown Bag Lunch Series | ME Teacher of the Year | Seminar: Pediatric ocular Biomechanics: The Elephant in the Room

ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering Associate Editor 2018-2021


  • Ph.D. Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2007
  • B.S.E. Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 2000
Research Interests

  • Understanding mechanisms of pediatric traumatic brain and eye injury in order to develop better prevention, diagnosis, and treatment strategies for children.
  • Understanding the structural changes that occur during the first few years of life, and how those changes affect the mechanical response of biological tissues and thresholds for injury in traumatic events.