NSF-IMSI Affiliates

Co-Principal Investigators

Monica Daley

| madaley@uci.edu

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.

Kiisa Nishikawa

| Kiisa.Nishikawa@nau.edu

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.

Faculty Participants

Christopher Arellano

University of Houston

Health and Human Performance

| carellano@uh.edu

Manny Azizi

University of California, Irvine

School of Biological Sciences

| eazizi@uci.edu

Silvia Blemker 

University of Virginia

Department of Biomedical Engineering

| ssblemker@virginia.edu

Suzanne Cox

Duke University

Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

| suecoxdesigns@gmail.com

James Finley

University of Southern California

Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy

| jmfinley@usc.edu


Alena Grabowski

University of Colorado Boulder

Claire Trevor School of the Arts

| Alena.Grabowski@colorado.edu

Natalie Holt

University of California, Riverside

Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology


Angela Horner

California State University, San Bernadino

Department of Biology

| ahorner@csusb.edu

Christian Hubicki


College of Engineering

| hubicki@eng.famu.fsu.edu

Jacob Krans

Western New England University 

College of Arts and Sciences


Craig McGowan

University of Southern California

Keck School of Medicine

| cmcgowan@usc.edu

Jill McNitt-Gray

University of Southern California

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, And Sciences

| mcnitt@usc.edu

Jenna Monroy

The Claremont Colleges

Keck Science Department

| jmonroy@kecksci.claremont.edu

David Reinkensmeyer

University of California, Irvine

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering

| dreinken@uci.edu

Gregory Sawicki

Georgia Tech

The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

| gregory.sawicki@me.gatech.edu

Nidhi Seethapathi

University of Pennsylvania

Bioengineering and Neuroscience

| snidhi@seas.upenn.edu


Kelli Sharp

University of California, Irvine

Claire Trevor School of the Arts

| ksharp@uci.edu

Anne Silverman

Colorado School of Mines

Department of Mechanical Engineering

| asilverm@mines.eduu

Simon Sponberg

Georgia Tech

School of Physics

| sponberg@gatech.edu

Bert Tanner

Washington State University 

Department of Molecular Biosciences

| bertrand.tanner@wsu.edu

Joe Thompson

Franklin & Marshall College


| joseph.thompson@fandm.edu

Madhusudhan Venkadesan

Yale University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

| m.venkadesan@yale.edu

Sasha Voloshina

University of California, Irvine

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering

| avoloshi@uci.edu