Brandon K. Zimmerman

Ph.D. Candidate
Mudd 134A
(212) 854-4259

 

Research Interests

  • Mechanoelectrochemical behaviors of cartilage
  • Mixture theory applied to soft biological tissues
  • Articular cartilage friction and damage

Education

  • B.E. University of Delaware, Mechanical Engineering, 2014
  • M.S. Columbia University, Mechanical Engineering, 2016

Awards

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2015   
  • Columbia University Presidential Fellowship, 2014

Originally from Lancaster, PA, Brandon did his undergraduate work at the University of Delaware, studying temporomandibular joint friction and mechanics. His research interests led him to join MBL in the fall of 2014 as a Ph.D. candidate, where his current work focuses on understanding and quantifying the osmotic pressure in articular cartilage, working towards a better understanding of composition-structure-function relationships in order to inform models of damage mechanics.

In his spare time, Brandon enjoys running all over the island of Manhattan and wearing the shortest shorts in the lab.

Full-Length Papers

Zimmerman, B.K., Bonnevie, E.D., Park, M., Zhou, Y., Wang, L., Burris, D.L., and Lu, X.L., 2015. Role of interstitial fluid pressurization in TMJ lubrication. Journal of Dental Research94(1):85-92.

*Ruggiero, L., *Zimmerman, B.K., Park, M., Han, L., Wang, L., Burris, D.L., and Lu, X.L., 2015. Roles of the fibrous superficial zone in the mechanical behavior of TMJ condylar cartilage. Ann. Biomed. Eng., 43(11):2652-2662

Chen, X., Zimmerman, B.K., and Lu, X.L., 2015. Determine the equilibrium mechanical properties of articular cartilage from the short-term indentation response. J. Biomech48(1):176-180

Moore, A.C., Zimmerman, B.K., Chen, X., Lu, X.L., and Burris, D.L., 2015. Experimental characterization of biphasic materials using rate-controlled Hertzian indentation. Trib. Int.89:2-8

Zhao, W., Elias, A., Rajukumar, L., Kim, H., O'Brien, D., Zimmerman, B.K., Penev, E., Terrones, M., Yakobson, B., Wei, B., Lu, X.L., and Suhr, J., 2016. Controllable and predictable viscoelastic behavior of 3D boron-doped multiwalled carbon nanotube sponges. Part. Part. Syst. Charact., 33(1):21-26

Conference Abstracts

Zimmerman, B.K., Durney, K.M., and Ateshian, G.A., 2017. A finite element algorithm for large deformation frictional contact of biphasic materials with application to contact of articular cartilage in diarthrodial joints. Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference. Tucson, AZ, 2017. Student paper competition (PhD level) finalist.

Zimmerman, B.K., Nims, R.J., Hung, C.T., and Ateshian, G.A., 2016. Direct osmotic pressure measurements in articular cartilage demonstrate non-ideal and concentration-dependent phenomena. Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference. National Harbor, MD, 2016. Student paper competition (PhD level) finalist.

Zimmerman, B.K., Burris, D.L., and Lu, X.L., 2014. Characterization of lubrication in the temporomandibular joint. 7th World Congress of Biomechanics. Boston, MA, 2014. Student paper competition (Bachelor's level) finalist.

Zimmerman, B.K., Burris, D.L., and Lu, X.L., 2014. Efficacy of boundary lubricants on TMJ disc and condylar cartilage. Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA, 2014.

Zimmerman, B.K., Burris, D.L., and Lu, X.L., 2013. Differing modes of lubrication for TMJ condylar cartilage and articular disc. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA, 2013.

Zimmerman, B.K., Burris, D.L., and Lu, X.L., 2013. Interstitial fluid pressurization in lubrication of TMJ disc and condylar cartilage. Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, 2013.

Zimmerman, B.K., Bonnevie, E.D., Wang, L., Burris, D.L., and Lu, X.L., 2012. Friction coefficient and lubrication mechanism of TMJ disc and condylar cartilage. TMJ Bioengineering Conference. Pittsburgh, PA, 2012.

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