Human Muscle Performance Laboratory

      325 McKinly Lab

  Phone: (302) 831-3011

The Muscle Performance Lab serves as a training ground for students in applied physiology research. Students are exposed to all aspects of research, including experimental design, data acquisition and analysis, and writing manuscripts and grant proposals. This 350 sq. foot human muscle performance laboratory is used to perform research in electrical stimulation of skeletal muscle. Additionally, graduate students help mentor undergraduate researchers.

Currently Funded Projects :

Current Research Scientists :

Jun Ding - Presently developing mathematical models that can predict human skeletal muscle forces in response to electrical stimulation, so that better stimulation strategies can be identified and individualized for patients, specifically those with spinal cord injuries. 
Ramu Perumal - Work related to modeling of biological/physical systems, robotics in rehabilitation, applied controls, and machine design.


Current Graduate Students and their Research Interests:

  Li-Wei Chou - Motor unit recruitment order during electrically elicited contractions, as well as the effects of stimulation frequency and intensity modulation on muscle force maintenance during repetitive activation.
 Trisha Kesar - Muscle Fatigue during Electrical Stimulation:  Investigates the effect of modulation of frequency and intensity on the fatigue produced during repetitive electrical stimulation.  The long term aim is to devise stimulation strategies that enable better control of FES-elicited movements. FES for Foot-drop:  The testing of an Isometric force model on the ankle dorsi- and plantar- flexor muscles of individuals with stroke. The long term aim of this project is to enable better control of muscle force during FES applications for the treatment of foot-drop in individuals with hemiparesis following stroke.
Ryan Maladen - Biomedical instrumentation as well as modeling and optimization methods used in Biomechanics.

Current DPT Students :

Billy Thompson- trainee under the PhD/Post-Doctoral Training Grant.

Liz Shapiro

Former Graduate Students :

Dave Russ - PhD, BIOMS, 1995-2001.  Univ. of DE. Project Title: “Identification of Stimulation Parameters for the Minimization of Fatigue During Repetitive, Isometric Contractions on Skeletal Muscle.” Post-doctoral fellowship- University of Massachusetts, Amherst-Department of Exercise Science with Dr. Jane Kent-Braun. Currently at the University of Maryland investigating the muscle function of HIV+ persons.

Samual CK Lee - PhD, BIOMS, 1994-1999. Univ. of DE. Project Title: “Optimization of Isotonic Performance of Human Skeletal Muscle.” Dr. Samuel C. K. Lee, PT, PhD, currently holds the title of Research Associate, Research Department, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, Philadelphia Unit, Philadelphia, Pa. At Shriners Hospital, Dr. Samuel C.K. Lee is involved in the investigation in the area of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) applied to children with Spinal Cord Injuries and Cerebral Palsy. At present, he is the lead investigator of a study examining the efficacy of electrical stimulation to improve strength and function of children with Cerebral Palsy.

Jun Ding - PhD, BIOMS, 1995-2001. Univ. of DE. Project Title: “A Mathematical Model that Predicts Muscle Isometric Forces and Fatigue.” At present, Jun is working as a research scientist in the University of Delaware Muscle Performance Laboratory.

Scott Stackhouse- PT, PhD, BIOMS, 1998- 2003. Univ. of DE. Project Title: Scott is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University. He is currently studying the effects of combination therapy of stem cell transplantation and intensive motor training on forelimb function in rats after incomplete cervical spinal cord injury.

Ramu Perumal - PhD, BIOMS, 1999 - 2004: Ramu holds the position of research scientist, working in the University of Delaware Muscle Performance Laboratory.

Mike Kebaetse - PhD, BIOMS, 1998-2004. Univ. of DE. Project Title: “Strategies that Improve Skeletal Muscle Performance during Electrically Elicited, Repetitive Non-Isometric Contractions in Healthy Subjects and Subjects with Spinal Cord Injury.”

Wayne Scott - MPT, PhD, BIOMS, 1999-2004. Univ. of DE. Project Title: “Electrically Elicited Quadriceps Femoris Muscle Performance in People with Spinal Cord Injury.” Wayne is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Maryland, Baltimore with Dr. David Russ.  The two are investigating the muscle function of HIV+ persons.

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