Kenneth Monson, PhD
I support the RMCOEH Ergonomics & Safety program, and have been involved in research on cerebral blood vessels, with particular interest in their response to large deformations as seen in traumatic brain injury (TBI), for over 20 years. I began this work as a PhD student at UC Berkeley, continued it through collaboration with neurosurgeons and others at the Brain and Spinal Injury Center at UC San Francisco, and extended it to my group’s research at the University of Utah. My training and research to date have focused primarily on the biomechanics of TBI, with expertise in experimental approaches to studying the problem. My group specifically seeks to develop a better understanding of the effects of TBI on the cerebral blood vessels, including the blood brain barrier (BBB).