Laboratory Coordinator: Professor Joseph Mizrahi Dr. Joseph Mizrahi received his B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering in 1967; M.Sc. in Mechanics in 1970; and D.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering in 1975, all from the Technion – IIT. He has held positions in the University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg as Senior Leccturer (1976-1979) and in the Loewenstein Rehabilitation Center in Ra'anana, Israel as Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory (1979-1982). He has been with the Technion- IIT since 1982. During this period, he has also had visiting appointments in the Harvard Medical School, Boston (1989-1990), the University of Cape Town (1991), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (1998-1999) and Drexel University, Philadelphia (2010).
This laboratory is involved with the mechanical function of the musculoskeletal system under normal and pathological conditions. Of special interest is the implementation of the results obtained in the field of rehabilitation for improved diagnostics, monitoring of functional progress, and indications for therapy. Additional aspects in the activities of the laboratory are related to Biomechatronics which deals with intelligent electromechanical systems to support affected motor functions of the human body. A major phenomenon on which our research efforts are focused is muscle fatigue and its effects on body performance. Of the research projects in the laboratory, the following are of special interest: 1) Restoration or augmentation of function in handicapped muscles by means of functional electrical stimulation (FES); 2) Musculoskeletal interactions in able-bodied and disabled human individuals; (3) Neuromuscular redundancies and mechanical indeterminacies in the human body and their implications in the field of Rehabilitation.