Amber Rath Stern

Amber Rath Stern, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Managing Consultant

Practice Group Director

Biomechanics Practice Group

Dr. Amber Rath Stern specializes in the fields of biomechanical analysis and mechanical engineering. She also has extensive experience in computational modeling, mechanical testing, inquiry and analysis of national motor vehicle injury and vehicle crash databases, and experimental design. Prior to joining ESi, Dr. Stern conducted research concerning eye injury mechanics and the biomechanics of bone as an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. As a Research Engineer at Southwest Research Institute and a Graduate Assistant at Virginia Tech and Wake Forest's Center for Injury Biomechanics, she conducted a wide range of research in the fields of human injury tolerance, crash testing, and injury causation. While a Postdoctoral Fellow at the world-renowned Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Stern developed bioreactors and studied how cells and tissues respond to applied mechanical loads.

At ESi, Dr. Stern applies her expertise to a wide range of investigative scenarios, including accident reconstruction, slips, trips, and falls, product liability claims, workers’ compensation claims, premises liability claims, injury causation, and motor vehicle injury analysis, including restraints, ejection, and occupant kinematics. Dr. Stern has also been involved in the development and validation phases of several consumer and commercial products, and continues to collaborate with several universities on research funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Stern has received numerous national and international honors and awards, including the American Society of Biomechanics' Young Scientist Post-Doctoral Award and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Young Investigator Award. She regularly publishes in scientific journals and presents at conferences, with well over 100 articles, abstracts, and presentations to her name. Dr. Stern is an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as well as at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She also serves as a reviewer for several international journals and conferences.

Publications

  • Comparative Lumbar Spine Acceleration Data During Daily and Dynamic Activities, Tasks of Daily Driving, and Low Speed Lateral Vehicle Impacts, Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation, January 2019
  • Head Acceleration Measurements During Vehicle Driving Tasks and Lateral Impacts Relative to Head Accelerations During Daily and Dynamic Activities, Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation, January 2019
  • Effect of Osteoporosis Treatment Agents on the Cortical Bone Osteocyte Microenvironment in Adult Estrogen-deficient, Osteopenic Rats, Bone Reports, January 2018
  • Osteocyte Isolation and Culture Methods, BoneKEy Reports, September 2016
  • Deletion of Mbtps1 (PCSK8, S1P, SKI-1) in Osteocytes Stimulates Soleus Muscle Regeneration and Increased Size and Contractile Force with Age, Journal of Biological Chemistry, February 2016
  • Osteoblast-Specific Deletion of Pkd2 Leads to Low-Turnover Osteopenia and Reduced Bone Marrow Adiposity, PloS one, January 2014
  • Deletion of a Single β-catenin Allele in Osteocytes Abolishes the Bone Anabolic Response to Loading, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, March 2014
  • Osteocyte Mechanical Strain, Bone, January 2013
  • The Isolation and Culture of Primary Osteocytes from the Long Bones of Skeletally Mature and Aged Mice, BioTechniques, June 2012
  • Paintball Trauma and Mechanisms of Optic Nerve Injury: Rotational Avulsion and Rebound Evulsion, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, January 2011
  • See CV for further publications

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