Researcher biography

Taylor Dick is a Lecturer in The School of Biomedical Sciences. She was awarded her PhD in 2016 from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada). Her PhD research, in partnership with the Concord Field Station at Harvard University, focused on developing an experimental and modelling framework to predict in vivo motor function using advanced image-driven Hill-type muscle models. Following this, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at North Carolina State University- The University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) where her research focused on understanding the muscle-level effects of wearable robotic exoskeletons, and developing imaging protocols to provide biological insight for designing robotic devices capable of navigating uneven and unpredictable terrain.

Taylor is particularly interested in the neuromuscular and biomechanical mechanisms that underlie healthy and diseased locomotor function. Her lab aims to develop new imaging technologies to assess muscle and tendon properties in vivo and 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. Ultimately, her research aims to unveil 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 alter the function of musculoskeletal structures.