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Room: 3047
Mechanical Engineering Building
1513 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 262-2690
Fax: (608) 265-2316
ploeg@engr.wisc.edu

Primary Affiliation:
Mechanical Engineering

Profile Summary

The research goal of my Bone and Joint Research Laboratory is to understand the human musculo-skeletal system better, in order to aid the development of biomechanical and safe solutions for the prevention, care and treatment of diseased or injured systems. My research applies both experimental and computational methods to investigate the human subject over a wide range of scales from musculoskeletal biomechanics down to bone microstructures. The creation of advanced prevention and treatment strategies requires an understanding of their effects on the tissue structures of the body. Biomechanical models that replicate the physical and physiological behavior of tissue structures are an enabling technology for assessing this interaction. The aim of my research is to evolve the sophistication of biomechanical models, in the form of physical surrogates and computer simulations, in order to refine novel prevention and treatment strategies. Multidisciplinary, industrial and clinical collaborations are required, and therefore, are a natural product of research in this field.

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