Hand Research as per Rembrandt
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (
Rembrandt 1632)



Our laboratory performs orthopaedic biomechanics and rehabilitation research of the hand and upper extremity. Currently, our research activities focus on carpal tunnel mechanics and hand sensorimotor function with a clinical focus on carpal tunnel syndrome. Our work related to carpal tunnel mechanics involves studying the material and mechanical properties of the transverse carpal ligament (i.e. the volar boundary of the carpal tunnel), investigating the structural properties of the carpal tunnel, and creating a computational model for the tunnel complex. Related to hand sensorimotor function, we have been examining the pathomechanics and pathophysiology associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Our laboratory is outfitted with cutting edge bioengineering technology including motion analysis, ultrasound imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, electromyography, electroencephalogram, robotics, and computational modeling.

Our research has resulted in 100+ peer-reviewed publications in more than 45 journals (see Publications).