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Research Interests for Daniel O. Schmitt

Research Interests:

My primary interest is in the evolution of primate locomotion. I am interested in understanding the selective factors that govern limb design, gait choice, and locomotor mechanics. I am studying the mechanics of movement in primates and other vertebrates in the laboratory to understand the relationship between movement and postcranial morphology, and the unique nature of primates among other mammals. Current projects include the origins of locomotion and the evolution of vertebrate bipedalism. My other interests are in human musculosketal health and injury. I study rodent and human models of bone and joint disease. Click here to enter the Animal Locomotion Laboratory web site to learn more.

Activities of Daily Living, Adaptation, Physiological, Adaptation, Psychological, Adult, African Continental Ancestry Group, Age Factors, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Amyloid beta-Protein Precursor, Animals, Animals, Newborn, Anthropology, Physical, Anthropometry, Anxiety, Arthralgia, Behavior, Behavior, Animal, Biological Evolution, Biomechanics, Bone Density, Comorbidity, Disability Evaluation, Disabled Persons, Disease Models, Animal, Educational Status, Electromyography, Electrophysiology, Employment, Energy Metabolism, European Continental Ancestry Group, Evolution, Fear, Feeding Behavior, Female, Forearm, Fossils, Gait, Gait Disorders, Neurologic, Harmaline, Hominidae, Humans, Hyperalgesia, Imaging, Three-Dimensional, Joint Instability, Knee Joint, Life Style, Locomotion, Lumbosacral Region, Male, Mice, Mice, Inbred C57BL, Mice, Transgenic, Middle Aged, Mobility Limitation, Models, Biological, Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors, Motor Activity, Muscle, Skeletal, Mutation, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Nitric Oxide Synthase Type II, North Carolina, Obesity, Orbit, Orthopedics, Osteoarthritis, Osteoarthritis, Knee, Overweight, Pain, Pain Measurement, Postural Balance, Posture, Prevalence, Primates, Prognosis, Radiculopathy, Range of Motion, Articular, Rats, Rats, Inbred Lew, Rats, Sprague-Dawley, Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor, Type II, Reference Values, Regression Analysis, Risk Assessment, Risk Factors, Self Concept, Self Disclosure, Self Efficacy, Severity of Illness Index, Sex Distribution, Skull, Species Specificity, Time Factors, Tooth, Tremor, Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha, Walking, Weight Reduction Programs, Weight-Bearing, Young Adult
Current projects:
Primate locomotor mechanics
Evolution of primate locomotion
Rodent and humn models of bone and joint disease
Areas of Interest:

Functional Anatomy

Recent Publications   (search)
  1. Abbott, EM; Nezwek, T; Schmitt, DO; Sawicki, GS, Hurry up and get out of the way!: Exploring the limits of muscle-based latch systems for power amplification., Integrative and Comparative Biology (August, 2019) [doi[abs]
  2. Queen, RM; Campbell, JC; Schmitt, D, Gait Analysis Reveals that Total Hip Arthroplasty Increases Power Production in the Hip During Level Walking and Stair Climbing., Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®, vol. 477 no. 8 (August, 2019), pp. 1839-1847 [doi[abs]
  3. Granatosky, MC; Schmitt, D, The mechanical origins of arm-swinging., Journal of Human Evolution, vol. 130 (May, 2019), pp. 61-71 [doi[abs]
  4. Miller, CE; Johnson, LE; Pinkard, H; Lemelin, P; Schmitt, D, Limb phase flexibility in walking: A test case in the squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus), Frontiers in Zoology, vol. 16 no. 1 (February, 2019) [doi[abs]
  5. Miller, CE; Pinkard, H; Johnson, LE; Schmitt, D, Pitch control and speed limitation during overground deceleration in lemurid primates., Journal of Morphology, vol. 280 no. 2 (February, 2019), pp. 300-306 [doi[abs]

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