Bobby Kent

MSTP Fellow
Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

mkent (at) umich (dot) edu

Hometown: Granville, Ohio

Education: BSE in Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2015

 

Research interests: My undergraduate research experience focused on studying the effect of fibrous network composition and cell type heterogeneity on long-range force transmission and matrix remodeling in an in vitro model of hepatic bridging fibrosis. During my gap years, I completely switched lanes to employing robotic applications in a cadaveric model to understand how various soft- and hard-tissue structures engage to stabilize the knee under various loading conditions. The latter work occurred in close collaboration with orthopedic surgeons, which kept our research questions clinically driven and reinforced my belief in the importance of integrating basic science and clinical medicine. However, my scientific interest still remains understanding mechanobiological aspects of disease, be it chronic joint degeneration, pulmonary fibrosis, or cancer, and so this is what I intend to study and apply to my clinical work as I progress through my career as a physician-scientist.

 

Outside of lab interests: I enjoy tubing, barbecuing, hiking/camping, Netflix, weightlifting, running, playing the cello, and videogames. 

Awards and honors:

2018, Force & Motion / ORS Young Scientist Travel Grant
2016, Cabaud Memorial Award Finalist

Publications:

Kent RN, Amirtharaj MJ, Thein R, Wickiewicz TL, Imhauser CW, Pearle AD. New parameters describing how secondary restraints of the knee carry force relative to the ACL in situ predict interspecimen variability in anterior laxity. Am J Sports Med. 2020;48(1):109-16.

Wang D, Kent RN, Amirtharaj MJ, Hardy BM, Wickiewicz TL, Pearle AD, Imhauser CW. Tibial bony morphology and anterior knee laxity predict tibiofemoral kinematics during axial loading of anterior cruciate ligament-intact and –sectioned knees. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019;101(12):1085-92.

Amirtharaj MJ, Hardy BM, Kent RN, Nawabi DH, Wickiewicz TL, Pearle AD, Imhauser CW. Automated, accurate, and three-dimensional method for calculating sagittal slope of the tibial plateau. J Biomech. 2018;79:212-7.

Kent RN, Amirtharaj MJ, Hardy BM, Pearle AD, Wickiewicz TL, Imhauser CW. Anterior laxity, lateral tibial slope, and in situ ACL force differentiate knees exhibiting distinct patterns of motion during a simulated pivoting event: A human cadaveric study. J Biomech. 2018;74:9-15.

Imhauser CW, Kent RN, Boorman-Padgett JF, Thein R, Wickiewicz TL, Pearle AD. New parameters describing how knee ligaments carry force in situ predict interspecimen variations in laxity during simulated clinical exams. J Biomech. 2017;7(64);212-8.

 

Kent RN, Boorman-Padgett JF, Thein R, van der List JP, Nawabi DH, Wickiewicz TL, Imhauser CW, Pearle AD. High interspecimen variability in engagement of the anterolateral ligament: An in vitro cadaveric study. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2017;475(10):2438-44.

 

McDonald LS, Boorman-Padgett JF, Kent RN, Stone K, Wickiewicz TL, Pearle AD, Imhauser CW. ACL-deficiency increases forces on the medial femoral condyle and the lateral meniscus with applied rotatory loads. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016;98(20):1713-21.

 

Gladnick BP, Boorman-Padgett JF, Stone K, Kent RN, Cross MB, Mayman DJ, Pearle AD, Imhauser CW. Coronal plane kinematics of the native knee under applied varus and valgus load. The Knee. 2016;23(3):387-92.

 

Abstracts:

Kent RN, Wang D, Amirtharaj MJ, Hardy BM, Nawabi DH, Wickiewicz TL, Pearle AD, Imhauser CW. Tibial bony morphology and tibiofemoral laxity predict knee mechanics during compression. World Congress of Biomechanics, Dublin, Ireland, July 9-12, 2018. Oral Presentation.

Kent RN, Amirtharaj MJ, Nawabi DH, Wickiewicz TL, Pearle AD, Imhauser CW. Engagement of the anterior cruciate ligament relative to the surrounding soft tissues. World Congress of Biomechanics, Dublin, Ireland, July 9-12, 2018. Oral Presentation.

 

Kent RN, Wang D, Amirtharaj MJ, Hardy BM, Wickiewicz TL, Pearle AD, Imhauser CW. Tibial bony morphology and tibiofemoral laxity predict knee mechanics during compression. ORS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 10-13, 2018. Oral Presentation.

 

Kent RN, Boorman-Padgett JF, Thein R, Pearle AD, Wickiewicz TL, Imhauser CW. Ligament engagement patterns in a human cadaveric knee model: a basis for precision medicine in orthopaedics. Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference, Tucson, AZ, June 21-24, 2017. Oral Presentation.

 

Kent RN, Amirtharaj MJ, Wickiewicz TL, Pearle AD, Imhauser CW. Relative engagement of the anterior cruciate ligament and the surrounding soft tissue envelope. ORS Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 19-22, 2017. Oral Presentation.

 

Kent RN, Hardy BM, Wickiewicz TL, Pearle AD, Imhauser CW. Knees exhibit two distinct patterns of instability in response to pivoting loads. ORS Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 19-22, 2017. Poster Presentation.

 

Kent RN, Wickiewicz TL, Pearle AD, Imhauser CW. Novel method for characterizing loading patterns of knee stabilizers yields new insight into the function of the anterolateral ligament. Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference, National Harbor, MD, June 29 – July 2, 2016. Oral Presentation.

 

Kent RN, Boorman-Padgett J, Thein R, Wickiewicz T, Pearle AD, Imhauser CW. Knees exhibiting high and low levels of rotatory laxity exhibit different loading patterns in the anterior cruciate and anterolateral ligaments. ORS Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, March 5-8, 2016. Poster Teaser Presentation.

 

Kent RN, Han JDH, Smith L, Wells RG. Fibrous network composition and cell heterogeneity modulate long-range force transmission by cells in matrices. AASLD: The Liver Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 13-17, 2015. Poster Presentation.

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