Jose Iriarte Diaz

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    College: Dentistry Department: Oral Biology
    Secondary Department: Bioengineering
    Title: Assistant professor
    Office: COD 432B Phone: 312-355-4268
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Functional morphology and biomechanics

    I am interested in the relationship between morphology and organismal performance, particularly focused on the feeding and locomotor system of vertebrates. In my research I use an integrative approach, combining computational and theoretical models with biomechanical and physiological experiments (e.g., 3D kinematics, electromyography, energetics). I have studied several aspects of animal locomotion, from gait transitions in rodents to flight mechanics in bats, and how overall morphology affects locomotory abilities of organisms. Currently I am working on the biomechanics of feeding in mammals, focused on the relationship between functional complexity and the variability in performance of the feeding apparatus.

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