Zhaonan Sun

Zhaonan Sun
Graduate Research Assistant, PhD Student
zs2re@virginia.edu | 434.297.8084

Zhaonan Sun received his B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China. After another one-year research assistant appointment in Hong Kong, he joined the Center for Applied Biomechanics as a PhD student in August of 2015. He had extensive research background in orthopedic biomechanics and gait analysis. He is currently working on designing restraint system for obese occupants and computational modeling of subcutaneous adipose tissue.



  • BSc, Biomedical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China


Research Interests

  • Occupant Protection
  • Computational Modelling
  • Material Characterization
  • Orthopedic Biomechanics

Other Interests

  • Traveling, Travel hacking, Weight lifting, Basketball, Cooking, Scubadiving

Selected Publications

  • New Approaches to Pedestrian Knee Joint Biomechanics, IRCOBI Conference on the Biomechanics of Impact. 2017
  • Response of the knee joint to translational and bending loads, Student Symposium of the 61st Annual Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM), 2017
  • Mechanical response of femoral cortical bone from soft cure and fresh frozen specimens. Proceedings of the Orthopeadic Research Society Annual Conference, 2017; 42 (2-111): 1705



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