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PhD studentship in musculoskeletal biomechanics and computational modeling - WPI

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  • PhD studentship in musculoskeletal biomechanics and computational modeling - WPI

    The Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is seeking new PhD students! What do we do? Our primary focus is in orthopaedic and musculoskeletal biomechanics at multiple size scales. We are interested in understanding the mechanical signals that are experienced within the skeleton during different types of physical activity and understanding what features of these signals stimulate bone to adapt its macro- and micro-structure.

    One ongoing project examines changes in bone structure over time in adult women who voluntarily apply known mechanical stimuli to their bones. We use high resolution quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT) to image bone microstructure, and use these images to create computational (Finite element) models that simulate bone mechanical behavior. Another project uses a combination of clinical CT images, mechanical cadaver testing, and computational modeling to measure changes in bone strength in individuals with spinal cord injury who are participating in a clinical trial that targets bone health.

    We are seeking someone who is highly motivated, works well both in groups and individually, asks lots of questions, and above all, is persistent and has “grit”. If you’d like to know more about what we do in the lab, the best place to look is and search for author Troy KL or visit

    For information about our department, please visit:
    For graduate admissions information, please visit:
    Last edited by Karen Troy; November 24, 2014, 05:32 PM.