Mark Driscoll

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Associate Member
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Mark Driscoll
Contact Information

Macdonald Engineering Building, Rm 153
815 Sherbrooke St W
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C3

Email address: 
mark.driscoll [at]
Mechanical Engineering
Areas of expertise: 

Global interests reside in improving the biomechanical understanding of mechanisms that govern our musculoskeletal system. The use of complementary research platforms (in vivo, ex vivo, and in silico) foster novel findings towards the understanding of healthy system and the onset and/or pathomechanism of musculoskeletal disorders. Such translational research is interdisciplinary and requires a multifaceted approach to promote the engineering conception and design of new mechanical solutions.

More specifically, the laboratory seeks to better understand the control system governing spinal stability. Of further interest is how this control system responds when mechanical biases are introduced resulting in physiological stress shielding. Spinal stability is sought via an intricate control system to which we all benefit from intrinsically. In a flawed or unstable system, the manner in which this control system responds to perturbations, originating from a mechanical bias for example, is of interest and explored. Control mechanisms of focus are the passive tissues, such as fascia, and the structural integrity of enclosed cavities such as abdominal and thoracic compliance. Moreover, the mechanical performance of current and future medical devices are also studied.

Research areas: 
Signals and Systems
Biomedical Modelling
Spinal Stability
System Identification
Structural Integrity
Dynamics and Control
Mechanical Bias
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