Center for Orthopaedic BiomechanicsWelcome to the DU Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics

The Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics at the University of Denver applies engineering principles to investigate clinically relevant issues. Using a combination of experimental and computational tools, the Center performs research in joint mechanics, human motion, musculoskeletal modeling, modeling fluid-solid interactions, wearable sensor systems, and implant device testing.

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Housed in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at DU, the Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics is a dynamic research environment committed to advancing orthopaedic biomechanics, improving patient outcomes and educating students. With current grants from NSF, NIH, implant manufacturers and research foundations, the Center is performing state-of-the-art research and has a strong record of publication and external support. The faculty is committed to student experiences at all levels: undergraduate, MS, PhD and post-doctoral fellows. Please see the individual laboratories and research projects pages for more detail on current activities.

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Interested in being part of a research study?

We need volunteers! See details below for the different studies then contact us to see if you qualify. Studies generally take place in our state-of-the-art Human Dynamics Lab and can be a fun way to learn more about biomechanics.

Study #1 – Hamstring Strength after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair
This study involves a 1 hour testing session, during which you will complete basic hamstring and quadriceps strength tests as well as lunging, squatting, and jumping activities. The study includes doing leg curls while a machine records your force output. It also includes whole-body motion capture (similar to technology used in movie and video game animation).  
Eligibility: If you are between 18 and 50 years old, have torn your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on one leg, underwent surgical repair, and have since returned to a high level of activity (e.g., competitive sports, advanced skiing, rigorous physical exercise), please contact Dr. Michael Harris at for more information. This study is approved by the University of Denver Institutional Review Board (#687012-2).

Study #2 – Knee Bracing the PCL deficient Knee
This study involves a 2 hour testing session, during which you will complete basic activities while a video camera system records the motion of your body and a stereo x-ray system images your knee.  The purpose is to test whether a new active knee brace design is helpful to people who have injured their posterior cruciate ligament of the knee. There is $50 compensation and you keep the custom knee brace.
Eligibility: If you are between 18 and 75 years old, have torn your posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) on one leg, and have returned to activity, please contact Dr. Kevin Shelburne at, 303-902-1249, for more information. This study is approved by the University of Denver Institutional Review Board (#676185-3).

Interested in giving?

Our research advances technologies that lead to improved outcomes for patients.  Your support can have a direct impact to the equipment and people in the lab.  Please consider sponsoring an undergraduate or graduate student or supporting new equipment purchases.  If you are interested in giving or want to learn more about our work, please contact us.

Interested in working in the lab?

We are always looking for high quality students interested in biomechanics research, especially MS and PhD students. Please contact the faculty members about opportunities.