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Dr. Carolyn Sparrey

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Investigator

B. A.Sc. [Mechanical Engineering] (University of Waterloo), M.A.Sc. [Mechanical Engineering] (University of British Columbia), Ph.D. [Mechanical Engineering] (University of California, Berkeley), Post-Doctoral Fellowship (University of California, San Francisco)
Assistant Professor, Mechatronics System Engineering, School of Engineering Science, Simon Fraser University

Research Interests

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Dr. Sparrey’s research focus is on biomechanics and biomaterials. She studies the mechanical characterization of neurological tissues. She also works on modeling and simulating injuries and diseases, including accident reconstruction. Dr. Sparrey also designs and evaluates injury prevention devices.

Dr. Sparrey is a Principal Investigator at ICORD and an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University. She obtained her B.A.Sc. from the University of Waterloo and her M.A.Sc. from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Sparrey completed her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

Current Lab Members

Masters Students Ph.D. Students Postdoctoral fellows
Matthew Courtemanche* Ehsan Daneshi Kohan Dr. Tim Bhatnagar*
Louise Thomas Shervin Jannesar
Kohle Merry
Garrett Kryt

*has graduated in the past year

Trainee Awards

Year Name Award
2015 Parry Singh Mudhar Student Poster Award (ICORD Annual General Meeting)
2014 Ehsan Kohan  Student Poster Finalist (Society for Neurotrauma)

Current Opportunities in the Lab

Please contact Dr. Sparrey with inquiries.

Videos

Dr. Carolyn Sparrey gives a quick explanation of her research.

Recent publications

  • Fortin, M et al.. 2017. Association Between Paraspinal Muscle Morphology, Clinical Symptoms, and Functional Status in Patients With Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy.. Spine. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000001704.
  • Katona, DN, Bennett, CR, McKoryk, M, Brisson, AL, Sparrey, CJ. 2017. Effects of weld damage on the dynamics of energy-absorbing lanyards.. Int J Occup Saf Ergon. doi: 10.1080/10803548.2017.1282236.
  • Jannesar, S, Nadler, B, Sparrey, CJ. 2016. The Transverse Isotropy of Spinal Cord White Matter Under Dynamic Load.. J Biomech Eng. doi: 10.1115/1.4034171.
  • Fortin, M et al.. 2016. Association Between Paraspinal Muscle Morphology, Clinical Symptoms and Functional Status in Patients With Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy.. Spine. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000001704.
  • Erickson, B et al.. 2016. The dynamics of electric powered wheelchair sideways tips and falls: experimental and computational analysis of impact forces and injury.. J Neuroeng Rehabil. doi: 10.1186/s12984-016-0128-7.
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