Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory Projects

Filed in Projects by on November 12, 2015

The Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory’s research focus is on understanding how forces applied to the musculoskeletal system can influence bone and joint health and function in adult men and women in health and disease. Our approach utilizes a combination of computational modeling, medical image analysis, cadaver mechanical testing, and living human subjects in a clinical research setting.


(Left) High-resolution CT image of a distal radius; (middle) Continuum finite element model of a distal radius while leaning onto the palm of the hand, with color map indicating strain; (right) multi-scale finite element model of the distal radius showing trabecular micro-structural strain while leaning onto the palm of the hand.

Ongoing Research Projects:

  1. Biomechanical risk factors for metatarsal bone stress injury in runners
  2. Bone health after spinal cord injury (multiple projects)
  3. Designing exercises to maximize bone strength
  4. Bone structure and physical activity in early hominid populations
  5. Major Qualifying Projects (MQP) completed by undergraduate teams — view Dr. Troy’s previous MQP project reports


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Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory.

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