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Research Interests

Impaired locomotor performance is caused by complex, multi-faceted problems where changes in the nervous, muscular, and skeletal systems are all integrated and dependent on one another in a way that makes diagnosis and interventions difficult to access and implement. Specifically, muscle properties such as musculoskeletal architecture (e.g. muscle fascicle length, pennation angle, muscle thickness, and moment arm), fiber composition, and material properties, as well as motor unit recruitment have been shown to influence locomotor performance in animals, but the relationship between those variables are not well established for many human movements. Populations of great interest to me are individuals with neurological impairments such as cerebral palsy (CP), spinal cord injury (SCI), and stroke. Using a variety of techniques such as ultrasound imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, modeling, histochemistry, electromyography (EMG), wavelet analysis, and gait analysis, I aim to investigate the fundamental mechanisms of neuromuscular muscle function in these populations. This will form the basis for proposing clinical tools used to aid in injury prevention and mobility loss in older adults and to aid in diagnosing and implementing interventions for individuals with CP, stroke, and SCI.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Pennsylvania State University

… → 2009

Research interests

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Electrophysiology
  • Movement Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Physiology
  • Rehabilitation/Therapy
  • Stroke

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Grants

  • Research Output

    • 466 Citations
    • 22 Article
    • 4 Conference contribution
    • 1 Letter
    • 1 Review article

    Influence of limb position on assessment of nerve mechanical properties by using shear wave ultrasound elastography

    Rugel, C. L., Franz, C. K. & Lee, S. S. M., May 1 2020, In : Muscle and Nerve. 61, 5, p. 616-622 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Quantifying muscle coactivation in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury using wavelets

    Lee, S. S. M., Lam, T., Pauhl, K. & Wakeling, J. M., Mar 2020, In : Clinical Biomechanics. 73, p. 101-107 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations
  • 1 Scopus citations

    Changes in shear wave propagation within skeletal muscle during active and passive force generation

    Wang, A. B., Perreault, E., Royston, T. J. & Lee, S. S. M., Sep 20 2019, In : Journal of Biomechanics. 94, p. 115-122 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle