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Phone: 801-585-0586
Office: MEB 2120

Brittany Coats

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Adjunct Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Adjunct Associate Professor, Bioengineering
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah, 2000
PhD., Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2007


Head and Eye Injury Biomechanics

Current Research

In the Pediatric Head and Eye Trauma Lab in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Utah, we utilize principals and tools of mechanical engineering to understand the biomechanics and develop injury tolerances for head and eye injury in children. By developing strong collaborations in the medical community, we hope to provide data that will better differentiate between inflicted and accidental trauma in children, provide safety manufacturers with design criteria for pediatric protective equipment, and make objective data available to the government for the development of well-founded pediatric safety policies and regulations.

Selected Publications

Tsai A, Coats B, Kleinman PK, Biomechanics of the classic metaphyseal lesion: finite element analysis. Pediatr Radiol 2017 Jul 18;:

Coats B, Binenbaum G, Smith C, Peiffer RL, Christian CW, Duhaime AC, Margulies SS, Cyclic Head Rotations Produce Modest Brain Injury in Infant Piglets. J Neurotrauma 2017 Jan 1;34(1):235-247

Scott GG, Margulies SS, Coats B, Utilizing multiple scale models to improve predictions of extra-axial hemorrhage in the immature piglet. Biomech Model Mechanobiol 2016 Oct;15(5):1101-19

Sullivan S, Coats B, Margulies SS, Biofidelic neck influences head kinematics of parietal and occipital impacts following short falls in infants. Accid Anal Prev 2015 Sep;82:143-53

Payne A, de Bever J, Farrer A, Coats B, Parker DL, Christensen DA, A simulation technique for 3D MR-guided acoustic radiation force imaging. Med Phys 2015 Feb;42(2):674-84

Farrer AI, Odéen H, de Bever J, Coats B, Parker DL, Payne A, Christensen DA, Characterization and evaluation of tissue-mimicking gelatin phantoms for use with MRgFUS. J Ther Ultrasound 2015;3:9

Colter J, Williams A, Moran P, Coats B, Age-related changes in dynamic moduli of ovine vitreous. J Mech Behav Biomed Mater 2015 Jan;41:315-24

Brooks BD, Sinclair KD, Davidoff SN, Lawson S, Williams AG, Coats B, Grainger DW, Brooks AE, Molded polymer-coated composite bone void filler improves tobramycin controlled release kinetics. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater 2014 Jul;102(5):1074-83

Coats B, Eucker SA, Sullivan S, Margulies SS, Finite element model predictions of intracranial hemorrhage from non-impact, rapid head rotations in the piglet. Int J Dev Neurosci 2012 May;30(3):191-200

Ibrahim NG, Natesh R, Szczesny SE, Ryall K, Eucker SA, Coats B, Margulies SS, In situ deformations in the immature brain during rapid rotations. J Biomech Eng 2010 Apr;132(4):044501

Margulies S, Coats B, Christian C, Forbes B, Duhaime AC, What can we learn from computational model studies of the eye? J AAPOS 2009 Aug;13(4):332

Coats B, Margulies SS, Potential for head injuries in infants from low-height falls. J Neurosurg Pediatr 2008 Nov;2(5):321-30

Coats B, Margulies SS, Ji S, Parametric study of head impact in the infant. Stapp Car Crash J 2007 Oct;51:1-15

Coats B, Margulies SS, Material properties of human infant skull and suture at high rates. J Neurotrauma 2006 Aug;23(8):1222-32

Coats B, Margulies SS, Material properties of porcine parietal cortex. J Biomech 2006;39(13):2521-5

Prange MT, Coats B, Duhaime AC, Margulies SS, Anthropomorphic simulations of falls, shakes, and inflicted impacts in infants. J Neurosurg 2003 Jul;99(1):143-50