Biomedical Engineering

Musculoskeletal Biomechanics

Biomechanics in its broadest sense is mechanics (that is the study of loads, motion, stress, and strain of solids and fluids) applied to biological systems. Musculoskeletal Biomechanics is a branch of biomechanics specifically focussing on the musculoskeletal system. This includes studies of the behavior of isolated tissues including bone, cartilage, ligament, tendon, muscle, and nerve, as well as studies of the interaction between these tissues and gross movement and stability. The faculty contributing to the Musculoskeletal Biomechancis Graduate Program come from a variety of disciplines (Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Exercise Science, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Radiology, Anatomy, Physiology, and Cell Biology) and therefore have a broad spectrum of research interests. The ongoing research opportunities are diverse and include such areas as orthopaedic biomechanics (the study of many aspects of bone, cartilage, muscle, tendon, and ligament development, adaptation, injury and repair) and gross movement biomechanics (the study of whole body movement and the forces imposed on individual tissues to create such movements from basic, applied, and clinical perspectives).

Faculty with Interests in Musculoskeletal Biomechanics:

Name Phone Home Department
Athanasiou, Kyriacos (530) 752-1033 Biomedical Engineering, Orthopaedic Surgery
Baar, Keith (530) 752-3367 Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
Christiansen, Blaine (916) 734-3974 Orthopaedic Surgery
Fathallah, Fadi (530) 752-1612 Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Fyhrie, David (916) 734-5079 Orthopaedic Surgery, Biomedical Engineering
Gibeling, Jeffery (530) 752-7037 Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Haudenschild, Dominik (916) 734-5015 Orthopaedics Surgery
Hawkins, David (530) 752-2748 Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
Howell, Stephen (916) 689-7370 Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Hull, Maury (530) 752-6220 Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Joshi, Sanjay Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Leach, J. Kent (530) 754-9149 Biomedical Engineering, Orthopaedic Surgery
Ravani, Bahram (530) 754-6130 Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Sarigul-Klijn, Nesrin (530) 752-0682 Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Shackelford, James (530) 752-4030 Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Stover, Susan (530) 752-7438 Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology
Williams, Keith (530) 752-3337 Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior