Professor Monica Daley at the University of California, Irvine, is recruiting PhD students to join the Neuromechanics lab.
We are interested in recruiting students with interests in muscle physiology, neural control of non-steady locomotion, and/or computational simulations of legged locomotion.

In the UCI Neuromechanics lab, we work at the interface of biomechanics and neuroscience to study how the body and mind work together to coordinate movement. We focus on revealing the mechanisms of agile, robust, and stable locomotion in animals, including humans. We use a range of experimental, analytical, and computational approaches to answer questions about how mechanics and sensorimotor control are integrated for stable movement. Further information about the lab can be found at

Lab members have the opportunity to interact with an outstanding community that includes 10 faculty (and their associated lab members) in comparative physiology and biomechanics within the EEB department. Professor Daley is also the Director of the Center for Integrative Movement Sciences (, which provides opportunities to interact with numerous faculty across campus in engineering, dance, clinical science, and rehabilitation.

If you are a prospective graduate student, please follow the steps below:

1) Contact Dr Daley to introduce yourself and set up a meeting to discuss research interests, and
2) Apply to the PhD program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology by the December 1st deadline.

You can find information about the EEB graduate program here:

The application portal is here:

We do not require GRE scores for graduate admissions. Application fee waivers are available. See the program link above for further details.

If you have any specific questions about the application process or requirements, please get in touch!


Monica A Daley, PhD (she/her)
Professor, Neuromechanics lab
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Equity Advisor, School of Biological Sciences
Center for Integrative Movement Sciences
Monitoring Editor, Journal of Experimental Biology