- Human cardiac tissue engineering
- Cell and developmental biology of the mammalian heart
- Advanced electrophoretic techniques for analysis of the proteome
- Interactions between nerve and muscle in children with cerebral palsy
- Adaptive capacity of the human musculoskeletal system during movement tasks
- Interaction between the musculoskeletal system and prosthetic and orthotic devices
- Optimization of the design and prescription of prosthetic and orthotic devices
- National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development
- National Institutes of Mental Health
- Autism Speaks
Pilot Treatment Award
- UConn Foundation
UConn Large Grant
Interested in the effects of electrical stimulation parameters on muscle performance and he works with both human and animal research models
- Biomedical Engineering
Engineering: musculoskeletal modeling, neural control of movement, patient-specific modeling using MRI and ultrasound, muscle mechanics. Medicine: orthopaedics, radiology, neurology, rehabilitation.
Mechanical models of how muscles generate forces and how such forces affect loads in cartilage and ligaments; applications to osteoarthritis, stroke and sports medicine.
- Life & Health Sciences
Director of the Delaware Rehabilitation Institute (www.udel.edu/dri), which brings together faculty across campus to study physical rehabilitation.
- Broad based multidisciplinary concussion research program which primarily focuses on:
- Concussion: 1) Impairments in postural control/balance following a concussion, 2) Determination of post-concussion recovery, 3) The relationship between post-concussion return to participation and associated sequel, and 4) Athletic Trainers concussion management practice patterns.
- Postural Control/Balance: Primary interest here involves the role of Dual Task cognitive challenges on performance of balance testing.
- Brain imaging and motor behavior in healthy aging and movement disorders.
– Risk of Parkinson’s disease– Motor phenotyping in Parkinson’s disease– Cerebellar disorders– Neuroimaging and rehabilitation
- Neuromechanics and Control of Human Movement
- Neuroplasticity and Sensorimotor Learning
- The long-term goal of my research is to extend the health span of patient populations through interventions to reduce the incidence of falls, lessen the severity of fall injury, and enable physical activity.
- My studies often employ biomechanical analyses of gait and fall recoveries.
- My research is applicable to many ambulatory patient populations, including older adults, individuals with lower-extremity amputations, and individuals with chronic stroke.
The goal of my research is to better understand underlying neuromuscular and musculoskeletal mechanisms that contribute to the development of symptomatic rotator cuff disease across different populations including survivors of breast cancer, overhead athletes, and manual wheelchair users. It is my hope that improved knowledge of underlying mechanisms will lead to improvements in examination procedures as well as intervention and prevention strategies
Focuses on motor behaviors of infants, especially how neural, biomechanical, behavioral and environmental influences interaction as infants learn to coordinate their early head, arm and leg behaviors for later skills such as reaching, sitting and walking.
- Development of neuromotor coordination and control in children with autism, learning disabilities, and developmental coordination disorder
- The relationship among motor proficiency, physical activity, and health related fitness in pre-school aged children
Student Health Services
139 Bob Carpenter Center
The overall aim of the Gait Biomechanics Laboratory is to understand the mechanisms responsible for changes in gait due to age, pathology, injury, or exercise. Understanding how changes in muscle strength, power, or control affect gait biomechanics will enable the development of targeted interventions to help adults maintain mobility across the lifespan. We examine the role of muscle function and behavior in gait biomechanics by testing the response of gait to transient, fatigue-induced changes in muscle strength and by studying how long-term physical activity or gait behavior (as measured in the real world) relates to gait biomechanics and joint loading.
- The primary mission of the Innovation Health & Design Lab is to improve health outcomes and quality of life for various patient populations through design.
- Wearables include clothing, wearable technology, protective equipment, and rehabilitative or medical devices.
- Our goal is to design wearables that address the broad spectrum of patients’ needs and to highlight the importance of patient-centered design in health sciences.
Interventions for low back pain, rehabilitation strategies focused on trunk muscle function, and understanding factors that impact body composition and physical function in older adults.
- Biomedical Engineering
muscle coordination; normal and pathological movement; experimental and simulation studies; musculoskeletal modeling
Muscle coordination of normal and pathological movements; upper and lower extremity function; musculoskeletal modeling and simulation
- Life & Health Sciences
osteoarthritis; stroke; rehabilitation science
- Research focuses on the impacts of natural disasters on public health
- Linkages between disaster planning and the actions communities and individuals take to prepare, respond and recover.
- Control of Upright Balance during Standing/Walking
- Multisensory Processing for Balance Control
- Virtual Reality
- Neurological Conditions that Lead to Balance Deficits
- Concussion, Parkinson’s Disease, Vestibular Loss, Cerebral Palsy, Aging
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Brain Tissue Mechanics
- Chronic Ankle Instability
- Effects of repetitive head impacts in soccer players across the spectrum
- Functional performance and recovery assessment in the athletic population
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and surgery
- Knee gait biomechanics
- Neuromusculoskeletal modeling
- Finite element modeling
- Semi-quantitative and quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Spine biomechanics
Research in our lab focuses on how humans acquire, retain, and improve skillful movement. We combine motor psychophysics, patient testing, and computational modeling in order to tackle these topics. Current projects aim to examine interactions between different forms of implicit motor learning, the effects of practice on movement planning, and the nervous system’s integration of visual and somatosensory information during reaching. Ultimately, we hope that this work will produce fundamental knowledge regarding motor control and learning that is used to advance neurorehabilitation practice.
- Effects of Parkinson’s disease and aging on the neural control of movement
- Exercise to improve neuromuscular function in people with Parkinson’s disease and older adults
- Muscular force control at the level of the motor unit
- Neuromuscular research methodology