Introduction to Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
Biomedical Engineer and PhD Candidate at University of California, Davis
Christina Rohlf is a PhD candidate in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group at the University of California, Davis. In 2015, Christina received a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University with a focus in musculoskeletal biomechanics. During her undergraduate degree she participated in several research projects to advance musculoskeletal health in both human and animal subjects. Her research included studying mechanical failures that result in revision surgeries of total knee and hip replacements for human patients and the reason for toggle pin failures in canines. As a graduate student she has continued to apply biomedical engineering principles to further equine health by studying risk factors for musculoskeletal injury of show jumping horses. Christina became interested in pursuing a career in engineering after participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition at her high school. She has continued to serve as a competition volunteer, judge, and team mentor for 5458: Digital Minds throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies. After completing her PhD education, Christina would like to pursue a career in academia in order to inspire and teach other engineering students and continue advancing the veterinary field by designing orthopedic implants and prosthetics.
About the Presentation
Bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments are components of the musculoskeletal system. This system provides form, stability and movement to humans and animals. We will explore how each of these components work and contribute together to produce movement. Furthermore, we will compare the human musculoskeletal system to the musculoskeletal system of other animals to understand how the differences in structure are essential for the different functions of these animals.