Anderson Lab


Dennis E. Anderson, PhD

Dr. Anderson received his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech in 2010, studying musculoskeletal biomechanics with a focus on aging and gait. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Advanced Orthopaedic Studies at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. He is currently appointed as Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. His interests lie in understanding musculoskeletal motion and loading, age-related musculoskeletal changes and conditions, spine motion and loading in health and disease, and clinical translation of musculoskeletal biomechanics. In pursuit of these goals, he has developed novel musculoskeletal modeling approaches to enable in vivo evaluations of spine motion and loading, and established a motion analysis laboratory at BIDMC. These developments form the basis for ongoing research projects in the Anderson Lab.

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Seyed Javad Mousavi, PT, PhD

Dr. Mousavi received his Ph.D. in Physical Therapy from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2008, studying the effects of back pain and complex tracking tasks on trunk neuromuscular performance. He was then awarded “The University of Sydney International Postdoctoral fellowship” to work on trunk motor control and back pain by developing a novel motion tracking system. He then joined Dr. Anderson’s lab in 2016 to pursue his postdoctoral research career in aging and spine motion and biomechanics, and his recent efforts include studying the effects of spine decompression surgery on spine and walking biomechanics in patients with symptomatic lumbar spinal stenosis. In 2022 he was promoted to Instructor at Harvard Medical School.

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Chenxi Yan, PhD

Chenxi received his B.S. and  Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. His Ph.D. project focused on lower body kinematics and internal tibial bone loading during different basketball maneuvers using the subject-specific musculoskeletal models and finite element models. The project combined both experimental and computational methods to assess the loading condition in human tibiae. He joined Dr. Anderson lab in 2021 as a postdoctoral research fellow and investigate the loading conditions of human vertebrae under various loading conditions through subject-specific musculoskeletal models.

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Graduate Students

Megan Goh

Research Student

Megan received her B.S. in biomedical engineering and is currently a medical student at Harvard Medical School. She is currently working on a project pertaining to the biomechanical characterization of costochondral cartilage.

Lab Staff

Andrew Lynch

Research Assistant II
Andrew received his BS in Exercise Science and is currently working toward a MS in Human Physiology at Boston University. He works with Dr. Anderson across a range of projects, with his primary focus being on subject testing, motion capture data analysis, and musculoskeletal modeling.

Joanna James

Research Assistant I
Joanna received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University in January 2021. During her undergrad, she worked as a Teaching Assistant for a Python course. She is currently working with Dr. Anderson on the evaluation of back support exosuits, and biomechanics of spinal metastases projects. She is excited to learn more about biomechanics and muscle modeling!​

Name Role Date Current Position
Jacob Banks Postdoctoral Fellow 2020 – 2022 Research Scientist at Baxter
Xeuke (Vikrin) Wang Postdoctoral Fellow 2020 HF Engineer at Abbott
Daniel Grindle Research Assistant 2018 - 2019 PhD Student, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Stefan Schmid Postdoctoral Fellow 2018 - 2019 Senior Lecturer, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Chaofei Zhang Research Student 2017 - 2018 Postdoctoral Fellow, Tsinghua University, China
Rebecca Tromp Research Assistant 2016 - 2018 Supervisor, Clinical Bioinformatics Operations at Foundation Medicine