As a student of human biology and engineering I am fascinated by human form and function. In particular, I am interested in how the material properties of bone and cartilage change in response to and reflect musculoskeletal adaptations. In order to improve our understanding of the mechanisms and objectives of tissue adaptation in the skeleton we must recognize that biology and engineering are linked by the biological response to applied forces and strains.
My immediate research seeks to improve our ability to characterize the effects of load on biological systems and deformation which results from force application. The most important long-term career goal I envision for myself is the proper mathematical, engineering and statistical development of multidisciplinary functional in vivo methods that account for how skeletal form relates to function, ecology and evolution.
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