Devin Jindrich is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, San Marcos, where he directs the Laboratory for Integrative Motor Behavior (LIMB) lab. Research in the LIMB Lab focuses on the interactions between biomechanics and motor control that result in effective movement, or “neuromechanics.” We seek to advance our fundamental understanding of how biomechanical and neural systems interact during movement, and apply neuromechanical principles to biomedical applications. Whereas simple mechanical models can describe important aspects of constant-speed forward locomotion, the mechanics and control of maneuvering (changing movement direction) or remaining stable (maintaining a desired movement direction) are less well understood. Consequently, we investigate the mechanisms used by insects, humans, and other animals to maneuver and remain stable during rapid locomotion, towards developing a general framework for understanding the control of maneuverability and stability. The results of these experiments support the hypothesis that musculoskeletal design and physiology can simplify the control requirements for maneuvering and remaining stable. A second focus of the LIMB lab is on using neuromechanics to prevent injuries. We use experimental studies and computer simulations to assess the potential for injuries associated with emerging multitouch computer input devices, with the ultimate goal of helping designers create sets of multitouch gestures that minimize future injury risk. Neuromechanical principles can also make important contributions to improving motor function following injuries. Using rodent and primate animal models, we use neuromechanical techniques to develop more effective therapies and technological interventions for restoring function after neuromotor injury.
Dr. Jindrich has authored over 37 peer-reviewed publications in established scientific journals, in addition to numerous successful grant applications and conference presentations. Dr. Jindrich has over 10 years of diverse teaching experiences at both research universities (U.C. Berkeley, Arizona State University) and teaching/research institutions (CSU San Marcos). He has mentored undergraduate, Master's, and Ph.D. students at U.C. Berkeley, Harvard School of Public Health, UCLA, Arizona State University, and CSU San Marcos. Dr. Jindrich has successfully implemented the principles of Reasoned Writing / A Framework for Scientific Papers in several content-based courses (Motor Control and Biomechanics). With guidance and feedback, he has observed dramatic improvements in student reasoning and writing over the course of a single semester.