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David Lee

Assistant Professor
School of Life Sciences
Office: WHI 110A
Phone: 702-895-5751
Fax: 702-895-3956

Research Interests

My current research follows two main lines of inquiry:

  • an integrative mechanical approach to the diversity of legged locomotion, and
  • mechanical function and dysfunction of synovial joints in animal models.


  • Lee, D. V. and Biewener A. A. (2011, in review). BigDog-inspired experiments in the locomotion of goats and dogs. Integr. Comp. Biol.
  • Lee, D. V., Bertram, J. E. A., Anttonen, J. T., Ros, I. G., Harris, S. L. and Biewener, A. A. (2011). A collisional approach to quadrupedal gait dynamics. J. R. Soc. Interface. Published online 6 April 2011.
  • Lee, D. V. (2011). Effects of grade and mass distribution on the mechanics of trotting in dogs. J. Exp. Biol. 214, 402-411.
  • McGuigan, M. P., Yoo, E. H., Lee, D. V. and Biewener, A. A. (2009). Dynamics of goat distal hindlimb muscle-tendon function in response to locomotor grade. J. Exp. Biol. 212, 2092-2104.
  • Carroll, A. M., Lee, D. V., and Biewener, A. A. (2008). Differential muscle function between muscle synergists: long and lateral heads of the triceps in jumping and landing goats (Capra hircus). J. App. Physiol. 105, 1262-1273.
  • Lee, D. V., McGuigan, M. P., Yoo, E. H., and Biewener, A. A. (2008). Compliance, actuation, and work characteristics of the goat foreleg and hindleg during level, uphill, and downhill running. J. App. Physiol. 104, 130-141.
  • Lee, D. V. and Meek, S. G. (2005). Directionally compliant legs influence the intrinsic pitch behavior of a trotting quadruped. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 272, 567-572.