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John Finan, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


Building & Room:

2035 ERF


842 West Taylor Street

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Research Interests: 

  • In vitro modeling of neurotrauma
  • Cell biomechanics
  • Organoid biomechanics
  • Brain biomechanics
  • Prototyping novel instruments

Selected Publications

  1. Regional mechanical properties of human brain tissue for computational models of traumatic brain injury, Finan JD, Sundaresh SN, Elkin BS, McKhann GM, Morrison B III, Acta Biomaterialia, 2017 Mar 27. pii: S1742-7061(17)30207-6
  2. Internal Jugular Vein Compression: A Novel Approach To Mitigate Blast Induced Hearing Injury, Sindelar B, Shinners M, Sherman S, Kevin Novak K, Erickson K, Patel V, Kubilis P, Smith D, Finan JD, Bailes JE. Otology & Neurotology 2017 Jan 10
  3. Stretch Injury of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Derived Neurons in a 96 Well Format, Sherman SA, Phillips JK, Costa JT, Cho FS, Oungoulian SR, Finan JD. Sci Rep. 2016 Sep 27;6:34097.
  4. Effect of Internal Jugular Vein Compression on Intracranial Hemorrhage in a Porcine Controlled Cortical Impact Model. Sindelar B, Bailes JE, Sherman SA, Finan JD, Stone J, Lee JM, 2005-2010 Ahmadian S, Zhou Y, Patel V, Smith D., J Neurotrauma. 2016 Aug 29. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 2757347
  5. Intracerebroventricular Administration of Chondroitinase ABC Reduces Acute Edema After Traumatic Brain Injury in Mice. Finan JD, Cho FS, Kernie SG, Morrison B 3rd. BMC Res Notes. 2016 Mar 12;9(1):160.
  6. Non-Ideal Effects in Indentation Testing of Soft Tissues, Finan JD, Fox PM, Morrison III B, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 2014 Jun;13(3):573-84.
  7. An Experimental Study on the Stiffness of Size-Isolated Microbubbles Using Atomic Force Microscopy, Chen C, Wu SY, Finan JD, Morrison III B, Konofagou E, Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 2013 Mar;60(3):524-34.
  8. Mechanical Regulation of Nuclear Structure and Function, Martins RP, Finan JD, Guilak F, Lee DA, Annu Rev Biomed Eng. 2012;14:431-55.
  9. Viscoelastic Properties of the Rat Brain in the Sagittal Plane: Effect of Anatomical Structure and Age, Finan JD, Elkin BS, Pearson EM, Kalbian IL, Morrison B 3rd, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 2012 Jan;40(1):70-8.
  10. Osmotic Stress Alters Chromatin Condensation and Nucleocytoplasmic Transport, Finan JD, Leddy HA, Guilak F, Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2011, May 6;408(2):230-5.


Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering
Duke University, 2010

Duke University, 2005
M.S., Biomedical Engineering

B.E., Mechanical Engineering
University College Dublin, Ireland, 2001