Kristen Reynier


Kristen Reynier

Kristen Reynier is a PhD student at the University of Virginia working with the Center for Applied Biomechanics. While completing her BS in Biomedical Engineering, she focused on medical device design, particularly multi-function lower limb prosthetics. During her first research study, Kristen led a multi-disciplinary project, with research members from University of Virginia’s Kinesiology, Radiology, and Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, to investigate the effect of pre-impact neck muscle activation on resulting head kinematics from a low severity head impact. Kristen is currently studying the effect of sex-specific neuroanatomies, material properties, and head kinematics on brain deformation response in these computational models to improve understanding of male and female TBI biomechanics.


Education

B.S. Biomedical Engineering - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


Research Interests

  • Sports biomechanics and injury biomechanics
  • Traumatic brain injury in both automotive crashes and sports related concussions
  • Sex-related differences in injury biomechanics and injury prevention

Selected Publications

A.    Refereed Journal Publications

  • Reynier, K.A., Alshareef, A.A., Sanchez, E., Shedd, D.F., Walton, S., Erdman, N., Newman, B., Giudice, J.S., Higgins, M., Funk, J., Broshek, D., Druzgal, T.J., Resch, J. and Panzer, M.B. 2020. The effect of muscle activation on head kinematics during non-injurious head impacts in human subjects. Annals of Biomedical Engineering.
  • Giudice, J.S., Alshareef, A., Wu, T., Ganacayo, C., Reynier, K.A., Tustison, N., Druzgal, T.J. and Panzer, M.B. 2020. An image registration-based morphing technique for generating subject-specific brain finite element models. Annals of Biomedical Engineering.
  • Newman, B.T., Dhollander, T., Reynier, K.A., Panzer, M.B. and Druzgal, T.J., 2020. Test–retest reliability and long‐term stability of three‐tissue constrained spherical deconvolution methods for analyzing diffusion MRI data. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 00, p.1.
  • Alshareef, A., Giudice, J.S., Forman, J., Shedd, D.F., Wu, T., Reynier, K.A. and Panzer, M.B., 2020. Application of trilateration and Kalman filtering algorithms to track dynamic brain deformation using sonomicrometry. Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, 56, p.101691.
  • Alshareef, A., Giudice, J.S., Forman, J., Shedd, D.F., Reynier, K.A., Wu, T., Sochor, S., Sochor, M.R., Salzar, R.S. and Panzer, M.B., 2020. Biomechanics of the human brain during dynamic rotation of the head. Journal of Neurotrauma, 37, p.1.

B.    Refereed Conference Publication

  • Reynier, K.A., Giudice, J.S., Forman, J., and Panzer, M.B. 2021. Preliminary investigation of sex-specific geometries and head kinematics on brain response using finite element brain models in automotive crash loading conditions. International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury, 8 September, Munich (online). 
  • Reynier, K.A., Alshareef, A., Shedd, D.F., Sanchez, E., Funk, J. and Panzer, M.B. 2019. Comparison of the Hybrid III and Human Volunteer’s Head Kinematics in Lateral Loading During Low-Severity Impacts. International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury, 11 September, Florence. 
  • Alshareef, A., Giudice, J.S., Forman, J., Shedd, D.F., Reynier, K.A., Wu, T., and Panzer, M.B. 2019. Human Brain Deformation During Controlled Dynamic Rotation of the Head. International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury, 11 September, Florence.
     

Awards/Affiliations

  • Presidential Fellowship for Collaborative Neuroscience – 2021
  • UVA School of Engineering Endowed Graduate Fellowship – 2021
  • Best Presentation Award International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury (IRCOBI) – 2021
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Distinguished Fellowship – 2020
  • National Capital Area Traumatic Brain Injury Poster Competition Finalist - 2019
  • University of Virginia Engineering Research Symposium Poster Competition Finalist - 2019
  • University of Virginia Engineering Distinguished Fellowship - 2017

 Other Interests

  • Soccer, beach volleyball, friends and family, board games, and baking