Dr. Neil Dong, assistant professor of health and kinesiology at The University of Texas at Tyler, has been awarded nearly $385,000 from the National Institute of Health to examine fracture risks of the human spine, Dr. Michael Odell, associate vice president for sponsored research and director of federal relations, announced.
Effective July 1, Dong will collaborate with the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases on the three-year grant.
He plans to incorporate UT Tyler student research within the biomechanics laboratory for the project’s duration.
His areas of specialization include biomechanics and anatomical kinesiology. Research interests include osteoporosis, stress fractures, sports biomechanics and occupational biomechanics.
Dong holds a master of science in engineering mechanics from Tsinghua University in China and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Columbia University.
Among honors received, Dong earned presentation as well as science and technology achievement awards while in Beijing.