Our research primarily aims to understand the neuromuscular and biomechanical mechanisms that underpin healthy and pathological locomotor function. We develop and use novel imaging technologies to assess muscle and tendon properties in vivo. We can then integrate these data into models and simulations in an effort to develop a theoretical framework for predicting motor function in healthy and diseased populations.

Cycling      Walking

We use ultrasound imaging which enables us to look ‘under the skin’ at the motor (ie: muscle) and the transmission system (ie: tendon) during movements where muscle-tendon behaviour is challenging to predict, for example during recovery from a fall or during robotically-assisted (ie: exoskeleton) locomotion.

     

Ultimately, our lab is interested in understanding the mechanisms of how muscles work in the body; how muscle-tendon properties and function adapt to external challenges such as size, age, and disease; and how wearable technologies or exoskeleton devices can be designed and applied to augment or improve movement.

How muscles work
Exoskeleton device

Research keywords: Biomechanics; health; musculoskeletal; movement; ultrasound; electromyography; neuromuscular; tendon