About Us

The BioDynamics Group at NJIT is focused on computational biomechanics and bioengineering, robotics and digital human modeling, and personalized medicine.

We aim to develop advanced computational methods and software to simulate and analyze biomechanical loadings in biosystems under normal, extreme or injurious conditions, design and evaluate wearable assistive devices, and develop protective or preventive measures and treatment options against injuries or diseases.


Research


3D human anthropometry and anatomy

Create personalized 3D human models with different anthropometry and anatomy.

Manipulate these models into different postures and motions.

Utilize these models for different multiphysics simulations.

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Musculoskeletal biomechanics

Create detailed musculoskeletal models based on anatomy and functions.

Utilize musculoskeletal simulations to evaluate loadings on neck, shoulder, back, extremities, ...

Analyze interactions between human and machine (exoskeleton, prosthesis, ...) or environment.

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Cardiovascular biomechanics

Evaluation of blood flow and vessel stresses under normal, impact, or disease (high blood pressure, aneurysm) conditions

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Computational multiphysics

Solving multiphysics problems with various computational methods (ODE & PDE solvers, FEM, CFD, FSI, SPH, etc.).

Parallel and high performance computing with multi-core, GPU, and distributed processors.

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Inverse Mechanics & FEM

Compute the stress-free configuration from a deformed state and known loading.

Identify stress-free configurations or residual stresses of in vivo biological tissues (arteries, aneusyms).

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Isogeometric analysis

NURBS based FEM with isogeometric formulation on trivariate NURBS volumes.

Isogeometric cylindrical element formulated on harmonic domains with only surface control points.

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Openings

We are now recruiting excellent candidates (PhD student or Postdoc) in biomedical, mechanical, and computer engineering with strong background and experience in one of the following areas: mechanics/biomechanics, robot control and simulation, numerical computation (CFD/FEM/FSI or Multibody Dynamics), high-performance computing (CPU/GPU), and machine learning. Candidates with experience in multiple areas above, good programming skills, and interest in studying human motion, injury or disability, and rehabilitation are encouraged to apply. To apply, please send your CV/Resume, representative publications, etc. in a single PDF (for student applicants, transcripts, and GRE scores are also required) to Dr. Zhou (alexzhou@njit.edu) with the email subject “Position Application (Student)" or “Position Application (Postdoc)". For NJIT students or local candidates, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Zhou.


Contact

Xianlian Alex Zhou, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Biomedical Engineering

New Jersey Institute of Technology

University Heights

Newark, NJ 07102

Office: 622 Fenster Hall

Email: alexzhou@njit.edu

Phone: 973-596-6940