Lauren Wood Zaseck | Faculty

Assistant Research Scientist, Biosciences

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Room 431 2901 Baxter Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48109

(734) 615-3408, fax (734) 647-3330


  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • MS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • BS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Research Interests

Dr. Zaseck’s research focuses on improving occupant protection in vehicles by collecting experimental data on human biomechanical response and injury tolerance, conducting computational modeling of humans, and applying that knowledge to aid in the development of injury assessment tools and preventative measures. Since joining UMTRI’s faculty in 2015, her research has primarily addressed occupant protection in military applications through a multi-institutional project funded by the US Army Department of Defense. Dr. Zaseck has recently assumed the role of sponsor PI on a large-scale project funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration aimed at assessing occupant response in reclined seating postures. She has used experimental and computational methods to assess human surrogate biomechanical and injury response in military crashes, and has developed methods to use those data to assess the performance of a prototype crash test dummy. She has also used computational methods to assess how the integrity of the skeleton influences impact response in civilian automotive crashes. 


  • UMTRI Staff Development Committee member, 2019-present
  • UMTRI Bylaws Committee member, 2017-2019


  • 2015 Best Paper Award (co-author), The 7th Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium
  • 2015 John Paul Stapp Best Paper Award (lead author)
  • 2013 University of Michigan Predoctoral Research Fellowship
  • 2012 Savio Woo Young Researcher Award, Finalist

Key Projects

  • Warrior Injury Assessment Manikin project, Department of Defense, 2014 - present
  • Automated Vehicle Occupant Kinematics, NHTSA, 2018 - present

Student Engagement

Dr. Zaseck regularly supervises undergraduate and Master’s students working on her research projects

More information

Dr. Zaseck's Website

ORCID: 0000-0002-8604-0032