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Journal Articles 

  1. Dubik,* J., Tartaglione, A., Dillard, D., Wineman, A., De Vita R., A Finite Strain Integral Model for the Creep Behavior of Vaginal Tissue, International Journal of Non-linear Mechanics, 162: 104729, 2024.

  2. Jackson,* C. M., McGuire,* J. A., Losada, M. E., Maskery, I., Ashcroft, I., De Vita, R., Dillard, D.A., Using Cohesive Zone Models with Digital Image Correlation to Obtain a Mixed Mode I/II Fracture Envelope of a Tough EpoxyEngineering Fracture Mechanics, 295: 109732, 2024.

  3. Suarez,* A. C., Gimenez,* C., Russell, S. R., Wang, M., Munson, J., Myers, K. M., Miller, K. S., Abramowitch, S. D.,  De Vita, R., Pregnancy-induced Remodeling of the Murine Reproductive Tract: A Longitudinal In Vivo Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study, Scientific Reports,14: 586, 2024.

  4. Chen, Y., Li, T., Wang, Z., Yan, Z., De Vita, R., Tan, T., A Metamaterial Computational Multi-Sensor of Grip-Strength  Properties with Point-of-Care Human-computer Interaction, Advanced Science, 2304091 (1-12), 2023.

  5. Snyder,* W., Santiago-Anaya,* A., Krometis, J., Iliescu, T., De Vita, R., A Numerical Comparison of Galerkin Projection and Machine Learning Reduced Order Models for Vaginal Deformations, Computers and Mathematics with Applications, 152: 168-180, 2023.

  6. Gimenez,* C., Alperin, M., De Vita, R., The Effect of Menopause on Vaginal Mechanics: A Brief Review Journal of Biomechanical Engineering (published online), 2023​.

  7. Miller, B., Wolfe, W., Gentry, J. L., Grewal, M. G., Highley, C. B., De Vita, R., Vaughan, M. H., Caliari, S. R., Supramolecular Fibrous Hydrogel Augmentation of Uterosacral Ligament Suspension for Treatment of Pelvic Organ Prolapse,  Advanced Healthcare Materials, 12: 22, 2300086 (1-14), 2023.

  8. Clark-Patterson, G. L., Buchanan, L. M., Ogola, B. O., Lindsey, S. H., De Vita, R., Miller,  K. S., Smooth Muscle Contribution to Vaginal Viscoelastic Response, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 140: 105702, 2023. 

  9. Donaldson,* K., De Vita R., Ex Vivo Uniaxial Tensile Properties of Rat Uterosacral LigamentsAnnals of Biomedical Engineering, 51: 702-714, 2023. 

  10. Dellinger, S. B., De Vita, R., Vlachos, P. P., Muñoz, M. M., Socha. J. J., Material Properties of Skin in the Flying Snake Chrysopelea Ornata, Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology, 339: 269-283, 2023. 

  11. Snyder,* W., McGuire,* J. A., Mou, C., Dillard, D., Iliescu, T., De Vita, R., Data-Driven Variational Multiscale Reduced Order Modeling of Vaginal Tissue Inflation, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, 31: e3660, 2023.​

  12. Soffa, D. R., Stewart, J. W.,  Pack,* E. D., Arneson, A. G.,  De Vita, R., Knight, J. W.,  Fausnacht, D. W., Rhoads, R. P., Clark, S. G., Schmale III, D. G., Rhoads, M. L.,  Short-term Consumption of the Mycotoxin Zearalenone by Pubertal Gilts Causes Persistent Changes in the Histoarchitecture of Reproductive Tissues, Journal of Animal Science, 101:skac421, 2022.

  13. Alperin, M., Abramowitch, S., May, A., Bortolini, M., Brown, B., Burnett, L. A., Connell, K. A., Damaser, M., De Vita, R., and others, Foundational Science and Mechanistic Insights for a Shared Disease Model: An Expert Consensus, International Urogynecological Journal, 33: 1387-1392, 2022.​

  14. Dubik,* J., Tartaglione, A., Miller, K., Dillard, D., De Vita R.History-dependent Deformations of Rat Vaginas Under Inflation, Integrative and Comparative Biology, 62: 625-640, 2022. 

  15. Donaldson,* K., Thomas, J., Zhu, Y., Clark-Deener, S., Alperin, M., De Vita, R., In-plane and Out-of-plane Deformations of Gilt Utero-sacral Ligaments, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 131: 105249, 2022.

  16. Huntington,* A., Udayasuryan, B., Du, P., Verbridge, S. S., Abramowitch, S. D., De Vita, R., Smooth Muscle and Nerves in the Rat Vagina: A First Look Using Tissue Clearing and Immunolabeling, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 50: 440-451, 2022.

  17. Coariti-Salzar, A. Fabien, M., Guzman, J., McGuire,* J., De Vita, R., Toussaint Jr., K., Fluid Mechanics Approach to Analyzing Collagen Fiber Organization, Journal of Biomedical Optics, 27: 016503, 2022.

  18. Clark-Patterson, G., McGuire,* J., Desrosiers, L., Knoepp, L., De Vita, R., Miller, K., Investigation of Murine Vaginal Creep Response to Altered Mechanical Loads, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 143:121008, 2021.

  19. Huntington,* A., Abramowitch, S., Moalli, P., De Vita, R., Strain Induced in the Vagina by Smooth Muscle ContractionsActa Biomaterialia, 129: 178-187, 2021.

  20. McGuire,* J., Monclova,* J., Coariti-Salzar, A., Stine, C., Toussaint Jr., K., Munson, J., Dillard, D., De Vita, R., Tear Propagation in Vaginal Tissue Under Inflation, Acta Biomaterialia, 127: 193-204, 2021. 

  21. Donaldson,* K., Huntington,* A., De Vita, R., Mechanics of Uterosacral Ligaments: Current Knowledge, Existing Gaps, and Future Directions, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 49: 1788-1804, 2021. 

  22. Burks,* G., Singh, M., De Vita, R., Johnson, B., Leonessa, A., Effect of Mechanical Properties on the Dynamics of Self-oscillating Synthetic Vocal Folds, Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, 143: 021001, 2021.

  23. Pack,E., Stewart, J., Rhoads, M., Knight, J., De Vita, R., Clark-Deener, S., Schmale III, D. G., Quantification of Zearalenone and Alpha-zearalenol in Swine Liver and Reproductive Tissues Using GC-MSToxicon: X, 8: 100058, 2020.

  24. Pack,* E., Stewart, J., Rhoads, M., Knight, J., Clark-Deener, S., Schmale, D., De Vita, R.Effects of Short-term Moderate ZEN Consumption on Uterosacral Ligament Elasticity in Pubertal Gilts, Research in Veterinary Science, 133: 202-209, 2020.

  25. Bezek, L. B., Cauchi, M. P., De Vita, R., Foerst,  J. R., Williams, C. B., 3D Printing Tissue-Mimicking Materials for Realistic Transseptal Puncture Models, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials110: 103971, 2020.

  26. Huntington,* A., Donaldson,* K., De Vita, R.Contractile Properties of Vaginal Tissue, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 142: 08081, 2020. 

  27. Pack,* E., Dubik,* J., Snyder,* W., Simon, A., Clark, S., De Vita, R., Biaxial Stress Relaxation of Vaginal Tissue in Pubertal Gilts, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering,142: 031002,  2020.

  28. Burks,* G., De Vita, R., Leonessa, A., Characterization of Continuous Elastic Parameters of Porcine Vocal Folds, Journal of Voice, 34: 1-8, 2020. 

  29. McGuire,* J. A., Crandall,* C. L., Abramowitch, S., De Vita, R.Inflation and Rupture of Vaginal TissueInterface Focus, 9: 20190029, 2019. 

  30. Routzong, M. R., Moalli, P. A., Maiti, S., De Vita, R., Abramowitch, S. D., Novel Simulations to Determine the Impact of Superficial Perineal Structures on Vaginal Delivery, Interface Focus, 9: 20190011, 2019. 

  31. De Vita, R., Nardinocchi, P., Teresi, L., Diffusion Driven Stress Relaxation of Gels Under Incremental Planar Extensions, Mechanics of Materials, 134: 106-114, 2019.

  32. McGuire,* J. A., Abramowitch, S., Maiti, S., De Vita, R.Swine Vagina Under Biaxial Loading: An Investigation of Large Deformations and Tears, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 141: 041003, 2019.

  33. Rittenhouse,* J. A., Wijeratne,* R. S., Orler, E. B., Dillard, D. A., Moore, R. B., De Vita, R.Effect of Areal Density and Fiber Orientation on Deformation of Thermomechanical Bonds in a Nonwoven Fabric, Polymer Engineering and Science, 59: 311-322, 2019.

  34. Huntington,* A., Rizzuto,* E., Abramowitch, S., Del Prete, Z., De Vita, R.,  Anisotropy of the Passive and Active Rat Vagina Under Biaxial Loading, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 47: 272-281, 2019. 

  35. Wijeratne,* R. S., De Vita, R., Rittenhouse,* J. A., Orler, E. B., Moore, R. B., Dillard, D. A., Biaxial Properties of Individual Bonds in Thermomechanically Bonded Nonwoven Fabrics, Textile Research Journal 89: 698-710, 2019.

  36. Baah-Dwomoh,* A., Alperin, M., Cook., M., De Vita, R.Mechanical Analysis of the Uterosacral Ligament: Swine versus Human, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 46: 2036-2047, 2018.

  37. Walterscheid, Z., O’Neill, C., Ochs,* A., D’Averso,* A., Dew,* C., Huntington,* A., Ma.,* G., Behrend,* C., De Vita, R., Carmouche, J.,  Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion Using a Local Source for Cancellous Autograft: A Biomechanical Analysis of Vertebral Body Stability in an Osteopenic Bone Model, Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation, 8: 128-134, 2017.

  38. Baah-Dwomoh,* A., De Vita, R.Effect of Repeated Biaxial Loads on the Creep Properties of Cardinal Ligaments, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 74: 128-141, 2017.

  39. De Vita, R., Grange, R., Nardinocchi, P., Teresi, L., Mathematical Model for Isometric and Isotonic Muscle Contractions, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 425: 1-10, 2017.

  40. Baah-Dwomoh,* A., McGuire,* J., Tan,* T., De Vita, R.Mechanical Properties of Female Reproductive Organs and Supportive Connective Tissues: A Review of the Current State of Knowledge, Applied Mechanics Reviews, 68: 060801, 2016.

  41. Tan,* T., Cholewa, N. W., Case, S. W., De Vita, R.Micro-structural and Biaxial Creep Properties of the Swine Uterosacral-cardinal Ligament Complex, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 44: 3225-3237, 2016.

  42. Kwansa,* A. L., De Vita, R., Freeman, J. W., Tensile Mechanical Properties of Collagen Type I Microfibrils and its Enzymatic Crosslinks, Biophysical Chemistry, 214-215: 1-10, 2016. 

  43. Webster,* M. R., Socha, J. J., Teresi, L., Nardinocchi, P., De Vita, R., Structure of Tracheae and the Functional Implications for Collapse in the American Cockroach, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 10: 066011, 2015.

  44. Guo,* Z., Freeman, J. W., Barrett, J. B., De Vita, R.Quantification of Strain Induced Damage in Medial Collateral Ligaments, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 137: 071011, 1-6, 2015.

  45. Tan,* T., De Vita, R.A Structural Constitutive Model for Smooth Muscle Contraction in Biological Tissues, International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, 75: 46-53, 2015. 

  46. Tan,* T., Davis,* F., Gruber, D. D., Massengill, J. C., Robertson, J. L., De Vita, R.Histo-mechanical Properties of Swine Uterosacral and Cardinal Ligaments, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 42: 129-137, 2015. 

  47. Becker,* W. R., De Vita, R.Biaxial Mechanical Properties of Swine Uterosacral and Cardinal Ligaments, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 14: 549-560, 2015. 

  48. Becker,* W. R., Webster,* M. R., Socha, J. J., De Vita, R.Variation in Tensile Properties of Tracheal Tubes in the American Cockroach, Smart Materials and Structures, 23: 057001, 2014. 

  49. Kwansa,* A. L., De Vita, R., Freeman, J. W., Mechanical Recruitment of N- and C-crosslinks in Collagen Type I, Matrix Biology, 34: 161-169, 2014. 

  50. Davis,* F. M., De Vita, R.A Three-dimensional Constitutive Model for the Stress Relaxation of Articular Ligaments, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 13: 653-663, 2014. 

  51. De Vita, R., Stewart, I. W., Energetics of Lipid Bilayers with Applications to Deformations Induced by Inclusions, Soft Matter, 9: 2056-2068, 2013. 

  52. Davis,* F. M., De Vita, R.A Nonlinear Constitutive Model for Stress Relaxation in Ligaments and Tendons, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 40: 2541-2550, 2012.

  53. Evans, D. W., Vavalle, N. A., De Vita, R., Rajagopalan, P., Sparks, J. L., Nano-Indentation Device for Investigating the Mechanics of Compliant Materials, Experimental Mechanics, 53: 217-229, 2012.

  54. Sopakayang,* R., De Vita, R., Kwansa,* A., Freeman, J. W., Elastic and Viscoelastic Properties of a Type I Collagen Fiber, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 293: 197-205, 2012.

  55. Everett, E., Barrett, J. G., Morelli,* J., De Vita, R.Biomechanical Testing of a Novel Suture Pattern for Repair of Equine Tendon Lacerations, Veterinary Surgery, 41: 278-285, 2012.

  56. Evans, D. W., Rajagopalan, P., De Vita, R., Sparks, J. L., Compression Instrument for Tissue Experiments (CITE) at the Meso-scale: Device Validation, Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation, 47: 264-269, 2011.

  57. Webster,* M. R., De Vita, R., Twigg, J. N., Socha, J. J., Mechanical Properties of Tracheal Tubes in the American Cockroach (Periplaneta Americana), Smart Materials and Structures, 20: 094017, 2011.

  58. Sopakayang,* R., De Vita, R.A Mathematical Model for Relaxation, Creep, and Strain Stiffening in Parallel-Fibered Collagenous Tissues, Medical Engineering & Physics, 33: 1056-1063, 2011.

  59. De Vita, R., Stewart, I. W., Nonlinearity in Tilt and Layer Displacements of Planar Lipid Bilayers, The European Physical Journal E: Soft Matter and Biological Physics, 32: 319-326, 2010.

  60. Nikkhah, M., Strobl, J.S., De Vita, R., Agah, M., The Cytoskeletal Organization of Breast Carcinoma and Fibroblast Cells Inside Three Dimensional (3-D) Isotropic Silicon Microstructures, Biomaterials, 31: 4552-61, 2010. 

  61. Arcari, A., De Vita, R., Dowling, N., Mean Stress Relaxation During Cyclic Straining of High Strength Aluminum Alloys, International Journal of Fatigue, 31: 1742-1750, 2009. 

  62. Guo,* Z., De Vita, R.Probabilistic Constitutive Law for Damage in Ligaments, Medical Engineering & Physics, 31: 1104-1109, 2009. 

  63. De Vita, R., Stewart, I. W., Influence of Weak Anchoring upon the Alignment of Smectic A Liquid Crystals with Surface Pretilt, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 20: 335101, 2008. 

  64. De Vita, R., Stewart, I. W., Leo, D. J., Pressure Effects on the Equilibrium Configurations of Bilayer Lipid Membranes, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, 40: 13179-13196, 2007. 

  65. De Vita, R., Slaughter, W. S., A Constitutive Equation for the Failure Behavior of Medial Collateral Ligaments, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 6: 189-197, 2007. 

  66. De Vita, R., Leo, D. J., Woo, K. D., Nah, C., A Constitutive Law for Poly(Butylene Terephthalate) Nanofibers Mats, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 102: 5280-5283, 2006.

  67. De Vita, R., Slaughter, W. S., A Structural Constitutive Model for the Strain Rate Dependent Behavior of Anterior Cruciate Ligaments, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 43: 1561-1570, 2006.


  1. Jackson,* C. M., McGuire,* J. A., Losada, M. E., De Vita, R., Dillard, D. A., Digital Image Correlation: Mechanical Property Characterization of Adhesive Joints, In: D. A. Dillard, Advances in Structural Adhesive Bonding, 2nd edition, Elsevier, 2023.

  2. Snyder,* W., Mou, C., Liu, H., San, O., De Vita, R., Iliescu, T., Reduced Order Model Closures: A Brief Tutorial, In: Carapau, F., Vaidya, A. Recent Advances in Mechanics and Fluid-Structure Interaction with Applications. Advances in Mathematical Fluid Mechanics. Birkhäuser, Cham, 2022.

  3. Alperin, M., Abramowitch, S., May, A., Bortolini, M., Brown, B., Burnett, L. A., Connell, K. A., Damaser, M., De Vita, R., and others, Foundational Science and Mechanistic Insights for a Shared Disease Model: An Expert Consensus, Female Pelvic Medicine Reconstructive Surgery, 28: 347-350, 2022.


*denotes student author advised by R. De Vita

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