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Research Interests

The Developmental Biomechanics Lab combines experimental and computational approaches to the study of the role of mechanical forces on prenatal skeletal development. When there is not enough movement in the womb, the spine, bones and joints can be severely affected, but the underlying reasons are not well understood. It is unclear how much movement, and what type of movements, are important for normal development of the skeleton. The aim of the multidisciplinary research done being conducted in the Nowlan Lab is to enhance our fundamental understanding of the role of mechanical forces on the formation, adaptation and maintenance of healthy cartilage and bone.

Research Keywords

Key Topics

  • Biomechanics of the developing skeleton
  • Human fetal movements
  • The effects of abnormal prenatal movements on spine, bone and joint development
  • Joint morphogenesis
  • Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)
  • Congenital spine deformities
  • Mechanobiological computational models of skeletogenesis