Katherine Saul


Dr. Saul also currently serves as MAE’s Director of Graduate Programs.

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.


Fiber-type traps: revisiting common misconceptions about skeletal muscle fiber types with application to motor control, biomechanics, physiology, and biology
Blemker, S. S., Brooks, S. V., Esser, K. A., & Saul, K. R. (2024). [Review of , ]. JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY, 136(1), 109–121. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00337.2023
Modified motor unit properties in residual muscle following transtibial amputation
Rubin, N., Hinson, R., Saul, K., Filer, W., Hu, X., & Huang, H. (2024), JOURNAL OF NEURAL ENGINEERING, 21(1). https://doi.org/10.1088/1741-2552/ad1ac2
Reply to Drs. Reggiani and Murgia
Blemker, S. S., Brooks, S. V., Esser, K. A., & Saul, K. R. (2024, February 1), https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00037.2024
Short-term effects of running exercise on pinch strength, grip strength, and manual dexterity of the dominant and non-dominant hands
Lantis, K. D., Saul, K., & Schmidt, D. J. (2024, April 22), ERGONOMICS. https://doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2024.2344688
The Relationship Between Elbow Flexion Postures and Overhead Reaching in Birth Brachial Plexus Injuries
Goins, T. R., Fox, J., Saul, K., Servello, C., & Sullivan, J. E. (2024), PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPY, 36(1), 62–69. https://doi.org/10.1097/PEP.0000000000001059
Ankle Torque Estimation With Motor Unit Discharges in Residual Muscles Following Lower-Limb Amputation
Rubin, N., Hinson, R., Saul, K., Hu, X., & Huang, H. (2023), IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL SYSTEMS AND REHABILITATION ENGINEERING, 31, 4821–4830. https://doi.org/10.1109/TNSRE.2023.3336543
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

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  • Development and Persistence of Tissue-Level Musculoskeletal Deformity Following Brachial Plexus Birth Injury
  • HCC: Medium: A novel neural interface for user-driven control of rehabilitation of finger individuation
  • Understanding the Mechanical Underpinnings of Rotator Cuff Tear and Surgical Repair- Morgan Dalman
  • Building Entrepreneurial Mindset Champions at NC State University
  • An Orthopaedic and Engineering Framework to Evaluate Military Injury and Quantify Incapacitation
  • Automatic MRI Segmentation for Upper Limb Muscles for Clinical Applications
  • Making connections through adaptive learning innovation
  • Optimizing Impedance Control of an Ankle Exoskeleton to Improve Post-Stroke Walking Mechanics and Energetics
  • Parallel Development of Bone and Muscle Impairments Following Neonatal Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Integrated Iterative Musculoskeletal Modeling to Study Growth and Function
Katherine Saul