The Nishikawa Biomechanics Laboratory

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   Our lab studies the relationship between biomechanics and neural control of movement. Here one must take into account both structural as well as functional details in order to understand how animals control their bodies to perform the diversity of behaviors seen in nature. In particular, we study how the mechanics of the musculoskeletal system influences these behavior. To study this neural control/biomechanics relationship, we use a number of animal model systems. These include: ballistic tongue projection in toads; jumping in frogs; running in normal and titinopathic mice, and eccentric training in opossums. We use techniques from muscle physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, neurophysiology, and neuroethology.

Bufo feeding on cricket

   Please feel free to browse through our lab web pages. To the right is a log of lab news updates. Other subjects are accessible through tabs at the top. The Research tab includes information on current studies within our research program. Click on People to find out about the researchers that make up our extended family. Reprints may be accessed through the Publications link. High speed videos and photographs of note may be found in our Gallery. Finally, the Links tab contains a list of links that we've found useful.

   The title banner image is a NASA Earth Observatory image of our home. Flagstaff is on the right hand side, beside Mt. Eldon, and the San Francisco peaks are in the center. Part of the Bonito Lava Flow may be seen on the extreme right hand side. The image above is a high speed video frame that shows a toad (Bufo woodhousii) ballistically projecting its tongue to capture a cricket (Acheta domesticus).