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Jesse Dean

Jesse C. Dean, PhD

Jesse C. Dean, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Division of Physical Therapy

77 President St, MSC 700
Charleston, SC 29425

Office: C106A
Phone: 843-792-9566
Fax: 843-792-1358


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  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Alberta Centre for Neuroscience (2008)
  • Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan (2005)
  • MS Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan (2002)
  • BA Physics, University of Delaware (2000)
  • BA Biological Sciences, University of Delaware (2000)

Areas of Teaching

  • Movement Science
  • Research Seminar: Movement Disorders and Rehabilitation Techniques

Research Interests

Selected Publications

Dean, JC. Proprioceptive feedback and preferred patterns of human movement. Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 41(1): 36-43, 2013.

Monsch ED, Franz CO, Dean JC. The effects of gait strategy on metabolic rate and indicators of stability during downhill walking. J Biomech. 45(11): 1928-1933, 2012.

Merritt KJ, Raburn CE, Dean JC. Adaptation of the preferred human bouncing pattern toward the metabolically optimal frequency. J Neurophysiol. 107(8): 2244-2249, 2012.

Raburn CE, Merritt KJ, Dean JC. Preferred movement patterns during a simple bouncing task. J Exp Biol. 214(22): 3768-3774, 2011.

Bickel CS, Gregory CM, Dean JC. Motor unit recruitment during neuromuscular electrical stimulation: A critical appraisal. Eur J Appl Physiol. 111(10): 2399-2407, 2011.

Dean JC, Kuo AD. Energetic costs of producing muscle work and force in a cyclical human bouncing task. J Appl Physiol. 110(4): 873-880, 2011.

Hunter LC, Hendrix EC, Dean JC. The cost of walking downhill: Is the preferred gait energetically optimal? J Biomech. 43(10): 1910-1915, 2010.

Dean JC, Collins DF. Nonlinear twitch torque summation by motor units activated at M-wave and H-reflex latencies. Muscle Nerve. 40(2): 221-230, 2009.

Dean JC, Kuo AD. Elastic coupling of limb joints enables fast bipedal walking. J Royal Soc Interface. 6(35): 561-573, 2009.

Dean JC, Alexander NB, Kuo AD. The effect of lateral stabilization on walking in young and old adults. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 54: 1919-1926, 2007.

Dean JC, Yates LM, Collins DF. Turning on the central contribution to contractions evoked by neuromuscular electrical stimulation. J Appl Physiol. 103: 170-176, 2007.

Selected Grants

“Development of a Passive Elastic Exoskeleton for Gait Rehabilitation”. [1 R21 HD064964-01A1]. NIH/NICHD; Principal Investigator; April 2011 – March 2013.

  • The major goal of this project is to build and optimize a low-cost mechanical device that will make walking easier for human participants, to be used in the future for gait rehabilitation in clinical populations.

“Post-Stroke Contributors to Increased Energetic Cost and Decreased Gait Stability”. [1 IK2 RX000750-01A1]. VA/RRD; Principal Investigator; July 2012 – June 2016.

  • The major goal of this project is to investigate the effects of post-stroke changes in neural control accuracy on energetic cost and gait stability.

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