The Neuromechanics Laboratory (NM Lab)

The Neuromechanics Laboratory (NM Lab) in the Department of Kinesiology under the directorship of Dr. Adam Knight and Dr. Harish Chander focuses on a comprehensive biomechanical, neuromuscular, motor learning and performance analysis of human movement. The aim of the lab is to enhance understanding in biomechanical, behavioral, neural, and cognitive mechanisms underlying human movements and to improve performance and prevent injuries in a variety of populations ranging from recreational, athletic, occupational, geriatric and special populations.

 

Students going through different kinesiology tests

Directors of NM Lab

Adam Knight

Dr. Adam Knight

Associate Professor
Co-Director of the Neuromechanics Laboratory

Harish Chander

Dr. Harish Chander

Associate Professor
Co-Director of the Neuromechanics Laboratory

 


Research

Human factors and ergonomics research focuses on population such as military, firefighters, warehousing, construction and manufacturing. Clinical and sports biomechanics research focuses on chronic ankle instability, pediatrics, geriatrics, and on athletes at various levels in a variety of sports.

HUMAN FACTORS AND ERGONOMICS

  • Physical and cognitive ergonomics
  • Safety promotion and injury prevention
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Fall prevention
  • Postural control and balance training
  • Workload, work task and fatigue
  • Virtual reality (VR)
  • Wearable technology and sensors
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Occupational footwear

CLINICAL AND SPORT BIOMECHANICS

  • Performance enhancement and injury prevention
  • Chronic ankle instability
  • Foot-ankle biomechanics
  • Balance assessment and training
  • Wearable technology and sensors
  • Ergogenic aids
  • Sporting and casual footwear
  • Adapted physical activity in pediatrics
  • Fall prevention in obese and geriatrics

Projects funded by National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Department of Labor (DOL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Science Foundation (NSF). For full list of publications and projects click here. Research Profile.

Facilities

  • 8-camera Motion Analysis motion capture system
  • 8-channel wireless Noraxon EMG system
  • 16-channel wireless Delsys EMG system
  • 32-channel EMOTIV EEG system
  • Dual AMTI force plates with walkway
  • BTrackS balance platform
  • HTC Vive Pro-Eye - Full VR system with eye tracking
  • Foot arch measurement index tool
  • Pressure pain algometer
  • Fall harness system
  • Treadmill and cycle ergometer
  • Multiple exercise tools for fatigue induction

CURRENT AND PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Undergraduate Students:

  • Neuromechanics Research Core (NRC) – Undergraduate Research Club.
    Description
    This organization is for students interested in Neuromechanics research. Neuromechanics is a field of study that focuses on the effects of neural interventions on muscle activity to produce human movement. The goal of the group is to further understand the nature of neuromechanics and how it can be applied to real world situations.
    Requirements:
    To become a member, you must meet the following requirements:

     

    • Interested in Neuromechanics research
    • CITI certified through the IRB website to conduct human subjects’ research
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of membership. Freshman must have at least 12 hours of college credit at MSU to be eligible for membership.
    • Contact nmlab.msstate@gmail.com for more details.
  • For other research opportunities, please contact Dr. Knight and Dr. Chander.

Graduate Students:

  • Masters’ students who want to opt for the “thesis” or the “directed individual study (DIS)” concluding option and interested to do this in the Neuromechanics Laboratory, should contact Dr. Knight and Dr. Chander, as early as possible into their respective academic curriculum.
  • Potential Doctoral students, interested in Neuromechanics, please contact Dr. Knight and Dr. Chander.
  • Graduate students who are interested in the Neuromechanics Laboratory are welcome to attend our weekly research meetings. Follow us on Twitter @MSU_NMLab for the most recent updates and meeting times.

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Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the Neuromechanics Laboratory. The NM Lab focuses on research encompassing neuroscience and biomechanics and offers research, learning, directed individual studies (DIS) and internship opportunities, working with one or multiple faculty members, based on your research interests.


Contact Us

Neuromechanics Laboratory

216 McCarthy PO BOX: 6186
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Email: nmlab.msstate@gmail.com

The Neuromechanics Laboratory's research core faculty members include Drs. Adam Knight, Harish Chander, Zhujun Pan, Chih-Chia Chen and John Lamberth. More information on individual faculty members can be found at

Follow us on Twitter

For more recent lab updates and ongoing research, please follow the Neuromechanics Laboratory @MSU_NMLab on Twitter.