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Current Affiliation: University of Michigan
James A. Ashton-Miller, Ph.D., is an Associate Vice President for Research for the University of Michigan (U-M) and the Albert Schultz Collegiate Research Professor and Distinguished Research Scientist in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering & Internal Medicine, the Institute of Gerontology, and the School of Kinesiology at U-M. He directs the Biomechanics Research Laboratory where he has worked since 1983. His research focuses on the prevention of unintentional injuries across the age span – from birth-related injuries in women and their sequelae, ACL injuries, spine biomechanics, to fall-related injuries in the elderly. He and his students use computer simulations, validated by experiment, to gain insights into the mechanics of injuries so they can be better prevented. He has authored 220 publications with an h-index of 40. He has graduated 28 doctoral students and mentors K08, K12 and K23 awardees. He has served on NIH study sections and review panels in six different countries. His research has been recognized by over a dozen national and international awards, including ASB’s Borelli Award. He is a past-President of the ASB, chaired the 2008 North American Congress on Biomechanics, and is a fellow of ASME, AIMBE, ASB and GSA. He really enjoys his family, playing the guitar, trail running and cross-country skiing.