Katherine Saul


Dr. Saul also currently serves as Interim Head of the Department of Forest Biomaterials in the College of Natural Resources

She is interested in dynamics and neural control of the musculoskeletal system, upper limb biomechanics and orthopaedic rehabilitation, computational dynamic simulation of movement, and musculoskeletal imaging.

She directs the Movement Biomechanics Lab (MoBL), which investigates the relationship between musculoskeletal structure and function in the upper limb.  The lab uses MR imaging, strength assessments, and functional testing in conjunction with computational simulations of the upper limb to characterize and investigate upper limb function and neuromuscular control in healthy and impaired populations of subject

At the undergraduate level, Dr. Saul teaches Engineering Dynamics (MAE 208).

Outside of work, Dr. Saul enjoys spending time with her family, travel, being outdoors, and quilting.


Cosimulation of the index finger extensor apparatus with finite element and musculoskeletal models
Jadelis, C. T., Ellis, B. J., Kamper, D. G., & Saul, K. R. (2023), JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 157. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2023.111725
The influence of induced gait asymmetry on joint reaction forces
McCain, E. M., Dalman, M. J., Berno, M. E., Libera, T. L., Lewek, M. D., Sawicki, G. S., & Saul, K. R. (2023), JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 153. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2023.111581
A Direct Comparison of Node and Element-Based Finite Element Modeling Approaches to Study Tissue Growth
Howe, D., Dixit, N. N., Saul, K. R., & Fisher, M. B. (2022), JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICAL ENGINEERING-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 144(1). https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4051661
Ergonomic Assessment of Surgeon Characteristics and Laparoscopic Device Strain in Gynecologic Surgery
Wong, J. M. K., Moore, K. J., Lewis, P., Reid, M., Saul, K., & Carey, E. T. (2022, December), JOURNAL OF MINIMALLY INVASIVE GYNECOLOGY, Vol. 29, pp. 1357–1363. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmig.2022.09.552
Evaluating anthropometric scaling of a generic adult model to represent pediatric shoulder strength
Dalman, M., Liao, A., & Saul, K. R. (2022), JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 141. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2022.111170
Sensitivity analysis guided improvement of an electromyogram-driven lumped parameter musculoskeletal hand model
Hinson Jr, R. J., Saul, K., Kamper, D., & Huang, H. (2022), JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 141. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2022.111200
Influence of Brachial Plexus Birth Injury Location on Glenohumeral Joint Morphology
Dixit, N. N., McCormick, C. M., Cole, J. H., & Saul, K. R. (2021), JOURNAL OF HAND SURGERY-AMERICAN VOLUME, 46(6). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhsa.2020.10.019
Isolating the energetic and mechanical consequences of imposed reductions in ankle and knee flexion during gait
McCain, E. M., Libera, T. L., Berno, M. E., Sawicki, G. S., Saul, K. R., & Lewek, M. D. (2021), JOURNAL OF NEUROENGINEERING AND REHABILITATION, 18(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12984-021-00812-8
Location of brachial plexus birth injury affects functional outcomes in a rat model
Doshi, R. M., Reid, M. Y., Dixit, N. N., Fawcett, E. B., Cole, J. H., & Saul, K. R. (2021, September 5), JOURNAL OF ORTHOPAEDIC RESEARCH, Vol. 9. https://doi.org/10.1002/jor.25173
Reduced joint motion supersedes asymmetry in explaining increased metabolic demand during walking with mechanical restriction
McCain, E. M., Berno, M. E., Libera, T. L., Lewek, M. D., Sawicki, G. S., & Saul, K. R. (2021), JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS, 126. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2021.110621

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  • Making connections through adaptive learning innovation
  • Building Entrepreneurial Mindset Champions at NC State University
  • Understanding the Mechanical Underpinnings of Rotator Cuff Tear and Surgical Repair
  • HCC: Medium: A novel neural interface for user-driven control of rehabilitation of finger individuation
  • Automatic MRI segmentation for upper limb muscles for clinical applications
  • Development and Persistence of Tissue-Level Musculoskeletal Deformity Following Brachial Plexus Birth Injury
  • An Orthopaedic and Engineering Framework to Evaluate Military Injury and Quantify Incapacitation
  • Optimizing Impedance Control of an Ankle Exoskeleton to Improve Post-Stroke Walking Mechanics and Energetics
  • Integrated Iterative Musculoskeletal Modeling to Study Growth and Function
  • Experimental validation of shoulder injury risk across the workspace
Katherine Saul