Dr. Stephanie Pasquesi has a large breadth of experience in translational biomechanics research, applying laboratory studies to clinical observations and applications. She has a background in both bioengineering and mechanical engineering, with expertise in human injury biomechanics and kinematics. Dr. Pasquesi specializes in traumatic brain injury including concussion and pediatric abusive head trauma. At Explico, Dr. Pasquesi evaluates injury mechanisms and injury potential in consumer products-related incidents, recreational and motor vehicle accidents, and a variety of other injury scenarios. Dr. Pasquesi additionally evaluates injuries in the context of the design and performance of various products including protective equipment such as helmets and motor vehicle restraints. She also has experience in design and development of medical devices including orthopedic implants and surgical instruments.
Prior to joining Explico, Dr. Pasquesi worked as a Senior Engineer at Exponent, Inc., performing biomechanical investigations and analyses of injury. She completed her doctoral studies in the Injury Biomechanics Laboratory and was a research assistant in the Injury Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. Specifically, Dr. Pasquesi investigated the potential for parasagittal bridging vein rupture due to shaking, employing an integrated approach of animal and pediatric cadaveric tissue mechanical testing, in situ and in vivo animal injury models, anthropomorphic test dummy experiments, and computational finite element modeling to identify possible mechanisms for extra-axial hemorrhage (subdural and subarachnoid hematomas). While at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Pasquesi was awarded a fellowship from the American Heart Association and co-authored an NIH-funded small project grant.