Keck School of Medicine of USC


Cynthia Bir, PhD

Cynthia Bir

Professor, Keck School of Medicine
Director, Center for Trauma, Violence, & Injury Prevention
University of Southern California
Contact: cbir@usc.edu
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Education

» Ph.D., BioMedical Engineering, Wayne State University, 2000.
» M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Wayne State University, 1999.
» M.S., Bioengineering, University of Michigan, 1992.
» B.S., Nursing, Nazareth College, 1990.


Current Position and Research

Dr. Cynthia A. Bir is a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. She has extensive research experience in the area of human injury tolerances. Her research interests include sports injury biomechanics, ballistic impacts, blast injury, and forensic biomechanics. She has studied the effects of impacts to all regions of the body and is known world-wide for her work in this area.

Dr. Bir currently has funding for various research efforts in the area of injury biomechanics. Investigating the effects of ballistic impacts to the human body, research is currently being conducted on Behind Armor Blunt Trauma (BABT) and the assessment of personnel protective gear. She also has funding to assess stab/slash wounds to correctional officers, the effects of Tasers on vulnerable populations, and how body armor affects the core body temperature of the end users. She is currently funded by the Department of Defense to study both blast neurotrauma and lower extremity injury research. Her sports related research includes the development of a new thoracic surrogate to evaluate chest protectors, a cumulative concussion model and real-time data collection of head impacts in boxing.

Dr. Bir has published almost 50 peer-reviewed journal papers and over 90 abstracts and conference papers. She has served as an invited guest at several conferences both here in the United States and abroad. Besides being a professor at Wayne State University, Dr. Bir is currently serving as a member on the NATO Human Factors and Medicine Panel (HFM 148) for Improvised Explosive Devices and is an invited guest for the International Vehicle Security Advisory Group (IVSAG) and a subject matter expert for the LCG9 Blunt Trauma Group for NATO.

Dr. Bir has been asked to present to various groups including the Youth in Engineering and Science (YES) Expo and at the World Science Festival. She was also selected as a Detroit Crain’s Business Daily, Women to Watch in 2008.