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    The UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program is currently seeking
    outstanding graduate students interested in Musculoskeletal
    Biomechanics. Applications for Fall 2002 admissions and financial aid are
    now being accepted. Applications should be received by January 15th, 2002
    for the student to receive consideration for all financial aid options.
    Application received later than January 15th, 2002 will still be considered
    for financial aid administered by the Program.

    Program Description
    The UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program is administered
    through the College of Engineering. There are over 15 faculty members who
    are affiliated with the graduate program and who conduct research dealing
    specifically with Musculoskeletal Biomechanics. Faculty members represent
    interests in engineering, biology, physiology, human medicine, and
    veterinary medicine.

    Degrees offered
    The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program offers a program of study
    leading to both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering.

    Faculty Interests
    Students and faculty members in Musculoskeletal Biomechanics study isolated
    biological tissues and integrated systems. Research opportunities allow
    integration of concepts from engineering, medicine, biology, and physiology
    in the study of musculoskeletal tissues and systems.

    Admission Requirements (GRE scores, GPA)
    Students are expected to have completed course work in calculus, physics,
    chemistry, basic engineering, and biology. Students should have a minimum
    undergraduate GPA of 3.25 and minimum GRE scores of 500 Verbal and 700
    Quantitative. Please visit our web site for more information about the
    program and admission process.

    Website addresses
    Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Track
    Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group
    College of Engineering (
    University of California Davis (

    Contact information
    Graduate Assistant
    Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group
    University of California
    One Shields Avenue
    Davis, CA 95616-5294
    (530) 752-2611

    Facilities & Equipment
    The Biomechanical Engineering Laboratory supports research in the general
    area of musculo-skeletal system biomechanics. The facilities include an
    automated, high speed, three-dimensional motion analysis system for the
    study of whole body kinematics, a number of multi-load component
    dynamometers for measuring external loads during such activities as
    walking, running, jumping, both on and off-road cycling, Alpine skiing, and
    snowboarding, a large, high-speed motorized treadmill for performing some
    of these activities in the laboratory setting, two computer-controlled leg
    cycle ergometers, and a multichannel system for recording muscle
    electromyograms during these activities.

    The Gait Analysis Laboratory (Shriners Hospital in Sacramento) has
    facilities for both research and clinical evaluation of walking.
    Three-dimensional kinematic data are obtained using a Motion Analysis
    System with automatic digitizing and scanning of video data. A force
    platform enables ground reaction forces to be collected simultaneously and
    electromyography equipment is used to record muscle activation information.

    The Human Performance Laboratory houses equipment for the study of blood
    and muscle chemistry and enzymology, metabolism and energetics, muscle
    mechanics and electromyography, movement kinetics and kinematics, body
    composition and anthropometry, cardiorespiratory function during exercise
    in a controlled environment, control and acquisition of motor skills and
    the psychosocial aspects of human performance.

    The Knee Biomechanics Laboratory contains equipment for conducting both in
    vivo and in vitro experimental research primarily on the human knee. A
    multicomponent loading apparatus, various goniometers, and a multichannel
    electromyographic system are available for in vivo studies. For in vitro
    studies, an autopsy table and surgical implements exist for dissection and
    specimen preparation. Biomechanical studies on knee specimens may be
    conducted using a fully automated six-load component load application
    system that also can simulate muscle forces. A unique laser-based three
    dimensional coordinate digitizing system can be used to measure knee
    tissues with high accuracy.

    The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility provides qualified researchers in
    the biological, medical and physical sciences access to state-of-the-art
    NMR instrumentation for spectroscopy and imaging. At present, the facility
    operates six spectrometers of varying purposes and capabilities. All of the
    spectrometers are multinuclear, and a large variety of high resolution,
    surface and imaging coils are available for use.

    The Occupational Biomechanics Laboratory is equipped with various kinematic
    and kinetic devices to assess three-dimensional motion and forces during
    occupational work, including: the Lumbar Motion Monitor (spinal motion),
    the Greenleaf system (hand/wrist motion); Bertec 4060 3-D forceplate; Lido
    Lift Simulator system; digital push-pull force gauge; accelerometers;
    inclinometers; electromyography systems; Biopac Student Lab System
    (physiology); and Kodak Ektapro 1000 high speed camera. Several
    occupational risk assessment software programs are also available in the

    The Orthopaedic Research Laboratory (UC Davis Medical Center) contains
    material testing systems for analysis of biomaterials and tissues (bone,
    tendon, ligaments), extensive computer control and acquisition hardware for
    in-vitro simulation of joint mechanics, workstation-level computers with
    PATRAN, and ABAQUS, fully equipped tissue and cell culture laboratories,
    quantitative histological preparation and analysis facilities, and a
    biochemistry laboratory.

    The Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory is used to study disorders of
    musculoskeletal tissues and organs of domestic animals using mechanical
    testing, gross and microscopic morphology and morphometry, radiography and
    microradiography, computer modeling, and epidemiology techniques. Basic
    science and clinical veterinary faculty, graduate students, clinical
    veterinary residents, and undergraduate students pursue research in the
    laboratory. Specialized equipment includes a servohydraulic biaxial
    materials testing system and equipment for the histologic processing of
    mineralized tissues.

    David Hawkins, Ph.D.
    Human Performance Laboratory
    Exercise Biology Program - Division of Biological Sciences
    Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group - College of Engineering
    University of California-Davis
    Davis, CA 95616
    (530) 752-2748 (phone)
    (530) 752-6681 (fax)

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