Biomechanics & Neural Engineering

BIOMECHANICS & NEURAL ENGINEERING

Directors: Terence McIff, Ph.D.

Biomechanics is the scientific discipline that studies biological systems, such as the human body, using the methods of Mechanical Engineering. The purpose is to create new and innovative approaches, advance fundamental concepts, and apply knowledge to the improvement of the mechanics of biological systems.

While biomechanics represents a broad area of research, from the design of dental implants to the understanding of fluid dynamics in the vascular system, the biomechanics research focus at KU is on the human musculoskeletal system.

Our mission is to provide a quality graduate research and educational experience with emphasis on understanding and analyzing the mechanics of the human body through experimental measurement, mathematical modeling and computer simulations. This effort includes studies of the mechanics of the whole-body as a system, a group of body parts as a sub-system, and an individual body part as a component.

While this program is firmly grounded on the techniques in mechanical engineering, the nature of the research is multidisciplinary. Collaborative research is being fostered among researchers in engineering, mathematics, the sciences and the KU Medical Center.

 

 

Track Faculty

Headshot of Arvin Agah
785-864-8821
1C Eaton Hall

Titles

-Dean, School of Engineering
-Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Associated Tracks

-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
-Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

-Biomedical Robots
-Applied Artificial Intelligence

Headshot of Jonathan Brumberg
785-864-1061
3001 Dole Human Development Center

Titles

-Associate Professor, Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders
-Courtesy Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Associated Tracks

-Computational Bioengineering
-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
-Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

- Adaptive signal processing for neuroscience
- Neuroengineering
- Machine learning
- Human-computer interaction
- Brain-computer interface
- Speech and communication neuroscience

Headshot of Mark Chertoff

Titles

-Professor, Hearing and Speech

Associated Tracks

-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering

Research Interests

-Acoustic and Electric Measures of the Pathophysiology underlying Hearing Impairment

  • Director, Bioengineering
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
785-864-2994
1132D Learned Hall

Associated Tracks

-Bioimaging
-Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
-Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

-Tissue Mechanics
-Computational Joint Mechanics

  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
785-864-2104
3134 Learned Hall

Associated Tracks

-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
-Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

-Structural Biomaterials
-Spine Biomechanics
-Design and Testing of Medical Devices

Headshot of Kostas Kokkinakis
785-864-4467
3027 Dole Human Development Center

Titles

-Assistant Professor, Speech-Language-Hearing: Science & Disorders

Associated Tracks

-Biomedical Product Design & Development
-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering

Research Interests

-signal processing, binaural hearing mechanisms and psychoacoustics; development of speech coding strategies and their application to cochlear implants

913-588-4565
KUMC

Titles

-Associate Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Associated Tracks

-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
-Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

-Human Sensorimotor Control and Disorders
-Stroke Rehabilitation
-Sports Injury Rehabilitation

785-864-2993
3135B Learned Hall

Titles

-Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Associated Tracks

-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
-Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

-Effects of Age and Disorders on the Biomechanics of Balance, Gait, and Motor Control

785-864-2985
3116 Learned Hall

Titles

-Associate Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering
-Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Associated Tracks

-Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
-Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

-Applications of Biomechanics and Machine Design
-Biomechanics Testing Machines and Experimental Designs
-Kinematic Joint Studies
-Wear of Artificial Components
-Testing and Evaluation of Prosthetic Devices

  • Track Director, Biomechanics & Neural Eng.
  • Director, Orthopedic Biomech. and Bioengineering Labs
913-588-0069
G013 Wahl Hall West, KUMC

Associated Tracks

-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering

Research Interests

-Orthopedic Biomechanics

Headshot of Anil Misra
785-864-1750
5102C Learned Hall

Titles

-Professor, Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering

Associated Tracks

-Bioimaging
-Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
-Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

-Nano-micro-macro mechanics of calcified and soft tissues
-Constitutive modeling and computational methods
-Scanning acoustic microscopy and ultrasonic testing

Randy Nudo, Ph.D.
913-588-1247
220K Landon Center on Aging, KUMC

Titles

-Professor & Vice Chair of Research, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
-Director, Landon Center on Aging

Associated Tracks

-Bioimaging
-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
-Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

-Neural Mechanisms of Recovery after Brain Injury
-implantable Devices for Brain Plasticity

Adam Rouse, M.D., Ph.D.
913-588-5129
Delp 5080H

Titles

-Assistant Professor, Director of Basic Research

Associated Tracks

-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
-Computational Bioengineering
-Bioimaging

Research Interests

-Neural encoding of hand and finger movements
-Brain-machine interfaces
-Data science/machine learning for neurotechnologies

Photo of Neena Sharma

Titles

-Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Associated Tracks

-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering

Research Interests

-Understanding biochemical and neural mechanisms contributing to chronic pain syndromes and the efficacy of various physical therapy interventions in modulating pain

Headshot of Suzanne Shontz
  • Track Director, Computational Bioengineering
  • Associate Professor, Electrical Eng. and Computer Sci.
785-864-8816
2001 Eaton Hall

Associated Tracks

-Bioimaging
-Computational Bioengineering
-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
-Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

-Computational Medicine
-Computational Surgery
-Computational Anatomy
-Computational Biomechanics
-Patient-Specific Model and Mesh Generation
-Image Processing

Sara Wilson, Ph.D.
  • Track Co-Director, Biomedical Product Design & Dev.
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
785-864-2103
3141 Learned Hall

Associated Tracks

-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
-Biomedical Product Design & Development
-Computational Bioengineering

Research Interests

-Lumbar Spine Coordination and Control
-Joint Dynamics and Stability