T. Richard Nichols


T. Richard

 

Nichols

Professor and Chair
Primary School/Department: 
School of Biological Sciences

Phone: 
404-894-3986
Email: 
Office Location: 
555 14th Street NW Room 1352
University: 
Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Affiliations:

Research Center Affiliations: 
Center for Medical Robotics

Research Areas:

Research Areas: 
Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics
Neuroscience

Research Interests:

The work in this laboratory is focused on mechanisms underlying motor coordination in mammalian systems. These mechanisms are to be found in the structure and dynamic properties of the musculoskeletal system as well as in the organization of neuronal circuits in the central nervous system. Our work concerns the interactions between the musculoskeletal system and spinal cord that give rise to normal and abnormal movement and posture, and in the manner in which central pattern-generating networks are modified for specific motor tasks. Our studies have applications in several movement disorders, including spinal cord injury. The experimental approaches span a number of levels, from mechanical studies of isolated muscle cells to kinematic measurements of natural behavior in quadrupeds.