Friday, June 4: Spotlight
Meet Jennifer Nichols, director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Lab in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering! Dr. Nichols and her team build computer models in conjunction with machine learning to analyze the complex interactions of muscles, bones, and joints. She is working to bridge the research gap between human movement and musculoskeletal pain. She uses predictive computer simulations to improve individuals’ functional ability and quality of life with musculoskeletal disorders. Dr. Nichols is confident and eager for these computer simulations to help clinicians design personalized treatment plans and predict individual patient outcomes.
When away from the lab, Dr. Nichols enjoys reading, swimming, hiking, and eating ice cream. Despite advances in machine learning, existing algorithms have yet to identify an ice cream flavor she doesn’t enjoy!