Jindrich is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and member of the Center
for Adaptive Neural Systems. Dr. Jindrich received his B.A. and Ph.D.
from The University of California at Berkeley in 1993 and 2001, respectively.
From 2001 to 2003, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard
School of Public Health, and in 2004 he joined the Department of Physiological
Science and Brain Research Institute at the University of California,
Los Angeles as an Assistant Researcher.
Dr. Jindrich directs the Laboratory
for Integrative Motor Behavior (LIMB) lab. Research in the LIMB
lab seeks to discover fundamental principles of biomechanics and motor
control, interpret these principles in the context of the physical
and occupational environment, and apply basic research discoveries
to problems in biomedicine and public health. Current studies to address
these aims include: (1) characterizing the dynamic requirements for
maintaining stability and maneuvering during locomotion; (2) discovering
the behavioral strategies for controlling unsteady locomotion, and
the relative roles of musculoskeletal properties and neural output
in maneuvering and stability; (3) using biomechanics to prevent workplace
injury; (4) developing methods to quantitatively assess locomotor and
upper-extremity function following neuromotor impairment such as spinal
cord injury, stroke, and traumatic brain injury; (5) developing and
evaluating novel approaches for restoring motor function following
spinal cord injury; and (6) understanding the mechanisms of spinal
learning. Comparative experimental studies using a diversity of animals
(humans, rodents, primates, insects, birds) are used to develop and
test conceptual and mathematical models. Biomechanical (kinematics,
force) and neurophysiological (EMG) measurements are used to describe
motor control, and interpreted in the context of musculoskeletal and
neural anatomy and function. Computer simulations can also be valuable
tools for hypothesis generation, sensitivity analysis, and engineering
design. Overall, the laboratory is committed to using discoveries from
basic research to prevent injuries, and develop effective methods for
rehabilitation and functional restoration following neuromotor injury.