Orthopedic Biomechanics

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The Laboratory for Orthopedic Biomechanics is a multidisciplinary research unit dedicated to the biomechanical investigation of the human body. Professor Jess Snedeker heads the group, holding joint chairs at the University of Zurich (Department of Orthopedics) and ETH Zurich (Department of Health Sciences and Technology).

Core Competences: biomechanical characterization, collagen mechanics and biology, cell mechanics and biology, microscopy method development.

Our Focus on Tendon Mechanics and Biology:
Our basic research arm combines advanced engineering tools with state of the art biology approaches to study the structural, cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying tendon tissue homeostasis, pathology and regeneration after injury.

Our Focus on “Classic” Implant Biomechanics:
The research unit closely collaborates with clinicians at the University Hospital Balgrist, aiming to translate our research to improved orthopaedic medicine. Many of these projects seek improved understanding of implant anchorage and stability, and based on this knowledge we develop novel strategies to achieve better clinical outcomes.

More information about our group, our research, and our teaching (including available student projects) can be found at: http://www.biomechanics.ch.