Liying Zhang

Liying Zhang

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

818 W. Hancock, Detroit, MI 48201
Bioengineering Building
Room 2112
313-577-8333 (fax)

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Liying Zhang


Liying Zhang was appointed associate professor following over a decade at Wayne State as part of the research faculty in the biomedical engineering department. Dr. Zhang is known internationally for her work on brain injury modeling in automotive, sport and military environments. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, Global Human Body Models Consortium, Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation, the National Nature Science Foundation China, the Military Clinical Neuroscience Center of Excellence, and automotive industries. Dr. Zhang has served on the DoD Blast Injury Research Program Expert Panels on brain injury modeling and sensor threshold. Dr. Zhang has published over 95 research articles in edited books, refereed journals and conference proceedings and delivered over 50 presentations at the national and international conferences.


B.S., M.S., Shanghai JIao Tong University, Shanghai, China

PhD., Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Research Interests

  • Injury biomechanics
  • Mechanisms of traumatic brain injury in blunt impact, sports and transportation
  • Finite element modleing of human head/neck, body and
  • Finite element modeling of glenoid implant, facial orbital injury 
  • Helmet impact performance evaluation
  • Blast wave induced brain/head injury
  • Axonal pathology, TBI biomarkers in animal models


Personal Interests

 Play squash, golf; gardening; cooking


  • Omni-Directional Angular Acceleration Reduction for Protective Headgear, (US2012/0096631A1), Apr. 26, 2012
  • Model-based helmet design to reduce concussions, (PCT/US2011/063701), June 14, 2012