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    Kristen L Billiar PhD

    TitleAssistant Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentSurgery
    AddressWorcester Polytechnic Institute
    100 Institute Road
    Worcester MA 01609
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        1. Kural MH, Billiar KL. Regulating tension in three-dimensional culture environments. Exp Cell Res. 2013 Oct 1; 319(16):2447-59.
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        2. Rudnicki MS, Cirka HA, Aghvami M, Sander EA, Wen Q, Billiar KL. Nonlinear strain stiffening is not sufficient to explain how far cells canĀ feel on fibrous protein gels. Biophys J. 2013 Jul 2; 105(1):11-20.
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        3. Tang D, Yang C, Zheng J, Canton G, Bach RG, Hatsukami TS, Wang L, Yang D, Billiar KL, Yuan C. Image-based modeling and precision medicine: patient-specific carotid and coronary plaque assessment and predictions. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2013 Mar; 60(3):643-51.
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        4. Adebayo O, Hookway TA, Hu JZ, Billiar KL, Rolle MW. Self-assembled smooth muscle cell tissue rings exhibit greater tensile strength than cell-seeded fibrin or collagen gel rings. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2013 Feb; 101(2):428-37.
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        5. Quinlan AM, Billiar KL. Investigating the role of substrate stiffness in the persistence of valvular interstitial cell activation. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2012 Sep; 100(9):2474-82.
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        6. Yang C, Tang D, Geva T, Rathod R, Yamauchi H, Gooty V, Tang A, Gaudette G, Billiar KL, Kural MH, Del Nido PJ. Using contracting band to improve right ventricle ejection fraction for patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot: A modeling study using patient-specific CMR-based 2-layer anisotropic models of human right and left ventricles. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Jan; 145(1):285-293.e2.
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        7. Liu H, Cai M, Yang C, Zheng J, Bach R, Kural MH, Billiar KL, Muccigrosso D, Lu D, Tang D. IVUS-based computational modeling and planar biaxial artery material properties for human coronary plaque vulnerability assessment. Mol Cell Biomech. 2012 Mar; 9(1):77-93.
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        8. Cirka HA, Koehler SA, Farr WW, Billiar KL. Eccentric rheometry for viscoelastic characterization of small, soft, anisotropic, and irregularly shaped biopolymer gels and tissue biopsies. Ann Biomed Eng. 2012 Aug; 40(8):1654-65.
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        9. Kural MH, Cai M, Tang D, Gwyther T, Zheng J, Billiar KL. Planar biaxial characterization of diseased human coronary and carotid arteries for computational modeling. J Biomech. 2012 Mar 15; 45(5):790-8.
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        10. Liu H, Canton G, Yuan C, Yang C, Billiar K, Teng Z, Hoffman AH, Tang D. Using In Vivo Cine and 3D Multi-Contrast MRI to Determine Human Atherosclerotic Carotid Artery Material Properties and Circumferential Shrinkage Rate and Their Impact on Stress/Strain Predictions. J Biomech Eng. 2012 Jan; 134(1):011008.
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        11. Broderick G, McIntyre J, Noury M, Strom HM, Psoinos C, Christakas A, Billiar K, Hurwitz ZM, Lalikos JF, Ignotz RA, Dunn RM. Dermal collagen matrices for ventral hernia repair: comparative analysis in a rat model. Hernia. 2012 Jun; 16(3):333-43.
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        12. Gwyther TA, Hu JZ, Billiar KL, Rolle MW. Directed cellular self-assembly to fabricate cell-derived tissue rings for biomechanical analysis and tissue engineering. J Vis Exp. 2011; (57).
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        13. Throm Quinlan AM, Sierad LN, Capulli AK, Firstenberg LE, Billiar KL. Combining dynamic stretch and tunable stiffness to probe cell mechanobiology in vitro. PLoS One. 2011; 6(8):e23272.
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        14. Gwyther TA, Hu JZ, Christakis AG, Skorinko JK, Shaw SM, Billiar KL, Rolle MW. Engineered vascular tissue fabricated from aggregated smooth muscle cells. Cells Tissues Organs. 2011; 194(1):13-24.
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        15. Silva JA, McCormick JJ, Reed MA, Morse AS, Heffernan MJ, Lavado RD, Billiar K, Wixted JJ. Biomechanical effects of harvesting bone graft with the Reamer/Irrigator/Aspirator on the adult femur: a cadaver study. Injury. 2010 Nov; 41 Suppl 2:S85-9.
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        16. McCormick JJ, Li X, Weiss DR, Billiar KL, Wixted JJ. Biomechanical investigation of a novel ratcheting arthrodesis nail. J Orthop Surg Res. 2010; 5:74.
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        17. Yao L, Billiar KL, Windebank AJ, Pandit A. Multichanneled collagen conduits for peripheral nerve regeneration: design, fabrication, and characterization. Tissue Eng Part C Methods. 2010 Dec; 16(6):1585-96.
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        18. Broderick G, Lalikos J, Chowaniec M, Collins M, Wilson E, Babbitt R, O'Brien J, Billiar K, Dunn RM. Femur flap for tibial reconstruction: percent circumference required to convey a mechanical advantage over the fibula. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2010 Sep; 26(7):481-6.
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        19. Peck L, Billiar K, Ray M. Dynamic failure properties of the porcine medial collateral ligament-bone complex for predicting injury in automotive collisions. Open Biomed Eng J. 2010; 4:77-84.
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        20. Balestrini JL, Skorinko JK, Hera A, Gaudette GR, Billiar KL. Applying controlled non-uniform deformation for in vitro studies of cell mechanobiology. Biomech Model Mechanobiol. 2010 Jun; 9(3):329-44.
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        21. Throm AM, Liu WC, Lock CH, Billiar KL. Development of a cell-derived matrix: effects of epidermal growth factor in chemically defined culture. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2010 Feb; 92(2):533-41.
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        22. John J, Quinlan AT, Silvestri C, Billiar K. Boundary stiffness regulates fibroblast behavior in collagen gels. Ann Biomed Eng. 2010 Mar; 38(3):658-73.
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        23. Yang C, Bach RG, Zheng J, Naqa IE, Woodard PK, Teng Z, Billiar K, Tang D. In vivo IVUS-based 3-D fluid-structure interaction models with cyclic bending and anisotropic vessel properties for human atherosclerotic coronary plaque mechanical analysis. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2009 Oct; 56(10):2420-8.
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        24. Tang D, Yang C, Kobayashi S, Zheng J, Woodard PK, Teng Z, Billiar K, Bach R, Ku DN. 3D MRI-based anisotropic FSI models with cyclic bending for human coronary atherosclerotic plaque mechanical analysis. J Biomech Eng. 2009 Jun; 131(6):061010.
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        25. Balestrini JL, Billiar KL. Magnitude and duration of stretch modulate fibroblast remodeling. J Biomech Eng. 2009 May; 131(5):051005.
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        26. Pai S, Dunn RM, Babbitt R, Strom HM, Lalikos JF, Pins GD, Billiar KL. Characterization of forces on the sternal midline following median sternotomy in a porcine model. J Biomech Eng. 2008 Oct; 130(5):051004.
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        27. Marturano JE, Cleveland BC, Byrne MA, O'Connell SL, Wixted JJ, Billiar KL. An improved murine femur fracture device for bone healing studies. J Biomech. 2008; 41(6):1222-8.
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        28. Coburn JC, Brody S, Billiar KL, Pandit A. Biaxial mechanical evaluation of cholecyst-derived extracellular matrix: a weakly anisotropic potential tissue engineered biomaterial. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2007 Apr; 81(1):250-6.
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        29. Grouf JL, Throm AM, Balestrini JL, Bush KA, Billiar KL. Differential effects of EGF and TGF-beta1 on fibroblast activity in fibrin-based tissue equivalents. Tissue Eng. 2007 Apr; 13(4):799-807.
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        30. Pai S, Gunja NJ, Dupak EL, McMahon NL, Coburn JC, Lalikos JF, Dunn RM, Francalancia N, Pins GD, Billiar KL. A mechanical study of rigid plate configurations for sternal fixation. Ann Biomed Eng. 2007 May; 35(5):808-16.
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        31. Ahlfors JE, Billiar KL. Biomechanical and biochemical characteristics of a human fibroblast-produced and remodeled matrix. Biomaterials. 2007 Apr; 28(13):2183-91.
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        32. Balestrini JL, Billiar KL. Equibiaxial cyclic stretch stimulates fibroblasts to rapidly remodel fibrin. J Biomech. 2006; 39(16):2983-90.
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        33. Pai S, Gunja NJ, Dupak EL, McMahon NL, Roth TP, Lalikos JF, Dunn RM, Francalancia N, Pins GD, Billiar KL. In vitro comparison of wire and plate fixation for midline sternotomies. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Sep; 80(3):962-8.
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        34. Billiar KL, Throm AM, Frey MT. Biaxial failure properties of planar living tissue equivalents. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2005 May 1; 73(2):182-91.
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        35. Gloeckner DC, Sacks MS, Billiar KL, Bachrach N. Mechanical evaluation and design of a multilayered collagenous repair biomaterial. J Biomed Mater Res. 2000 Nov; 52(2):365-73.
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        36. Abraham GA, Murray J, Billiar K, Sullivan SJ. Evaluation of the porcine intestinal collagen layer as a biomaterial. J Biomed Mater Res. 2000 Sep 5; 51(3):442-52.
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        37. Billiar KL, Sacks MS. Biaxial mechanical properties of the native and glutaraldehyde-treated aortic valve cusp: Part II--A structural constitutive model. J Biomech Eng. 2000 Aug; 122(4):327-35.
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        38. Billiar KL, Sacks MS. Biaxial mechanical properties of the natural and glutaraldehyde treated aortic valve cusp--Part I: Experimental results. J Biomech Eng. 2000 Feb; 122(1):23-30.
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        39. Billiar KL, Sacks MS. A method to quantify the fiber kinematics of planar tissues under biaxial stretch. J Biomech. 1997 Jul; 30(7):753-6.
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