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In the Biomechanical Design Research Laboratory (BDRL) at Michigan State University my students and I apply engineering techniques and principles to the human body.  Our work includes in vivo experimentation, methods development, modeling, and device development. Specifically, we study kinetic and kinematic interactions that occur between people and devices, or during clinical procedures.


Recent Projects

Research News

Justin Scott discusses his work with pressure ulcers on a podcast. Paige Cordts discusses the reality of traveling with a disability on a podcast. Garrett Weidig discusses his work on the biomechanics of hand impairment on a podcast.
Dr. Bush and DO-PhD student Amber Vocelle worked with motion capture technology to examine the differences between a healthy hand and an arthritic hand. They evaluated three-dimensional, complex movements in order to compare the differences between hands. This could help diagnose arthritis sooner and prevent loss of thumb movement. Their most recent work was featured in MSU Osteopathic Medicine Newsletter.
Justin Scott is one of the 36 PhD finalists to be presenting his abstract.
Congratulations to Archana Lamsal and Nicole Arnold for receiving the 2020 Diversity travel awards from the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB).
Dr. Bush and her students are part of a $2.4 Million National Institute of Health funded research project where they will be studying the impulses associated with movement of the octopus arms. This work has the potential to uncover new approaches for driving prosthetic devices or designing systems for reach and grasp. The team includes Galit Pelled (PI), Adam Alessio, Xiaobo Tan and Ana Vasquez from Michigan State University and Clifton Ragsdale and Cindy Chestek from University of Chicago and University of Michigan