Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Kevin Labus

Assistant Research Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Labus has a research interest in applying the principles of engineering mechanics to the scientific research of biological tissues and systems in order to understand the underlying tissue mechanics and to develop medical solutions. Dr. Labus utilizes a diverse approach to biomedical research, pursuing several strategies of scientific study, including experimental biomechanics, tissue characterization, computational modeling, and medical device development and testing.

Research Areas

  • Study of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) through experimental biomechanics and computational modeling.
  • Developing implants to replace diseased tissues and treat joint disorders in the TMJ using hydrogels and additive manufacturing of biomaterials.
  • Developing technologies for monitoring the progress of bone healing and predicting fracture non-union.
  • Study of bone healing and bone mechanics.
  • Soft tissue biomechanical characterization, including intervertebral disc, TMJ disc, cartilage, brain tissue, and cardiovascular tissue.


  • Ph.D. 2016, Colorado State University—Bioengineering
    • Dissertation: “Constitutive Modeling of the Biaxial Mechanics of Brain White Matter.”
  • B.S. 2011, University of Notre Dame—Mechanical Engineering