Dr. Daley works at the interface of biomechanics, neuromuscular physiology and neuroscience, to understand how humans and animals achieve integrated function for stable and agile movement, particularly in non-steady locomotor tasks. These studies aim to reveal general principles of movement that inform human and animal health and welfare— including clinical gait assessment, treatment of movement disorders, rehabilitation strategies, and bio-inspired engineering of legged robots and mobility assistance technology.
The Nishikawa laboratory collaborates widely with scientists and engineers to investigate the biomechanics and biophysics of muscles from molecules to movement, with an emphasis on investigating the role of titin in muscle force production. The laboratory’s current focus is linking in vivo experimental data to ex vivo models and experiments. This work has led to many new and exciting ideas, including the idea that muscle is a tunable material, and the related idea that neural control permits, rather than instructs, muscle force. Currently, they have experiments and modeling projects ranging from skinned fiber and intact muscle physiology to biomechanics, kinesiology and exercise science.
University of Pennsylvania
Bioengineering and Neuroscience
Washington State University
Department of Molecular Biosciences
School of Engineering & Applied Science