Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Research

Human Biomechanics is a dynamic and growing field of study, in which Rutgers is a leader. Emerging technologies such as biomaterials, simulation software, 3D imaging and printing, robotics, functional tissue engineering, and nano- and molecular technology are enabling revolutionary new solutions for restoring human mobility. We exploit these advances to extend the frontiers of knowledge and technology for the betterment of mankind. Our close collaboration with the Rutgers Medical School, hospitals and clinics yields breakthroughs that are immediately relevant and translate into practical solutions for patients.

Our research has made major impacts in many clinical fields, including bionic replacement parts, artificial motors and muscles, rehabilitative devices for stroke, tissue mechanics, and quantitative measurements for improved diagnostics. In addition, our research uses biomechanics as a key component in the development of regenerative therapies to insure long term implant viability. "DextraHand", the world’s first multi-finger prosthesis, was developed here, as were artificial muscles as prosthetic actuators. These multidisciplinary efforts have been recognized internationally. Our department continues to grow and nurture the finest researchers for the future.

Faculty: William Craelius, Joseph Freeman, Noshir Langrana, and David Shreiber