Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Imaging Lab (Souza Lab)

The Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Imaging Lab (BMIL) is dedicated to the investigation of biomechanics associated with lower extremity orthopedic pathology. We use 3D motion analysis, quantitative MRI, multi modal dynamometry and EMG to understand predictors of disease progression. The Director, Dr. Richard Souza, PT, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. The team consists of clinicians (including physical therapists, sports medicine physicians, and radiologists), engineers,  exercise physiologists, and computer scientists. The goal of this lab is to identify and evaluate potential prevention and rehabilitation tools for the treatment of patients with lower extremity orthopedic pathology. We are funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the Orthopaedic Research Education Foundation, and the California Physical Therapy Association PT Fund.

People

Richard Souza, PhD

Richard B. Souza, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Director and Associate Professor
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Dr. Souza is a physical therapist and research scientist with expertise in the biomechanical analysis of lower extremity orthopaedic pathology. He obtained his B.S. in exercise science from the University of California, Davis in 1998, and his Master’s degree in physical therapy from Samuel Merritt College in 2002. In 2008, he received his Ph.D. in biokinesiology (major field: biomechanics) from the University of Southern California. His doctoral dissertation was titled “The Influence of Abnormal Hip Kinematics on Patellofemoral Joint Dysfunction.” He joined UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging in May 2008 as a postdoctoral scholar, funded by the National Space and Biomedical Research Institute to investigate the influence of non-weight-bearing on articular cartilage biochemistry. He is currently an Associate Professor with joint appointments in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, and Orthopaedic Surgery. His research interests are focused on advanced quantitative magnetic resonance imaging of the lower extremity and biomechanics of human movement. He is involved in projects that evaluate the influence of loading behavior on cartilage health and to determine effectiveness of prevention and rehabilitation strategies on tissue biochemistry.


Tijana Popovic, MS
Staff Research Associate
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Tijana received her Master’s degree in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (major field: biomechanics) from the George Mason University, Virginia in 2016. She served as a graduate research and undergraduate teaching assistant at GMU for two years and has been involved with several studies in Sport Medicine Assessment Research & Testing (S.M.A.R.T.) Laboratory. She completed her Master’s thesis titled “The effect of reduced relative implicit and explicit feedback on lower extremity jump-landing mechanics.” Tijana joined the Musculoskeletal Quantitative Imaging Research Group at the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging in October 2016 as a Staff Research Associate II. Her research interests focus on development and progression of hip osteoarthritis with the aid of advanced quantitative MRI and motion analysis.


  Michael Samaan, PhD
  Post-doctoral Researcher
  michael.samaan.ucsf.edu
 

Dr. Samaan is a mechanical engineer with expertise in lower extremity biomechanics. He obtained his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University in 2008 and his Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2009. In 2014, he received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Old Dominion University. His doctoral dissertation was titled “Implementation of Analytical Fatigue Models into OpenSim to Predict the Effects of Fatigue on Anterior Cruciate Ligament Loading”. In August 2014, he joined the Musculoskeletal Quantitative Imaging Research Group in the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging as a Postdoctoral Scholar. His current work focuses on understanding the effects of lower extremity pathologies such as osteoarthritis on lower extremity health and joint function, through use of quantitative magnetic resonance imaging and in-vivo biomechanics.

Publications

A complete list of Souza publications can be found at the bottom of Richard Souza's profiles page.

Associate Professor
Associate Professor in Resid.