Jeff Reinbolt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering
The University of Tennessee


Contact (top)

Nathan W. Dougherty Engineering Building, Room 207
The University of Tennessee
1512 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996–2210
(865) 974–5308


Research Interests (top)

  • Development of computational tools and their application to complex biodynamic systems
  • Forward dynamics simulation-based treatment planning (to yield more reliable outcomes)
  • Patient-specific modeling (beyond anatomic landmark methods)
  • Inverse dynamics simulation (to predict novel gait motions)
  • Optimization techniques (for system identification problems)
  • Surgical robotics (for minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery)
  • Clinical feasibility and investigative studies (for product development)

Education (top)

  • Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioengineering, Stanford University, 2008
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 2006
  • M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, 2003
  • B.S. in Engineering Science, University of Florida, 1996

Experience (top)


Select Publications (top)

Reinbolt, J.A., Seth, A. and Delp, S.L. "Simulation of human movement: applications using OpenSim." Procedia IUTAM, 2(1):186–198, 2011.

Seth, A., Sherman, M.A., Reinbolt, J.A., and Delp, S.L. "OpenSim: a musculoskeletal modeling and simulation framework for in silico investigations and exchange." Procedia IUTAM 2(1):212–232, 2011.

Reinbolt, J.A., Fox, M.D., Schwartz, M.H., and Delp, S.L. "Predicting outcomes of rectus femoris transfer surgery." Gait & Posture, 30(1):100-105, 2009.

Tawhai, M., Bischoff, J., Einstein, D., Erdemir, A., Guess, T., Reinbolt, J. "Multiscale modeling in computational biomechanics: determining computational priorities and addressing current challenges." IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, 28(3):41-49, 2009.

Reinbolt, J.A., Fox, M.D., Arnold, A.S., Ounpuu, S., and Delp, S.L. "Importance of Preswing Rectus Femoris Activity in Stiff-Knee Gait." Journal of Biomechanics, 41(11):2362-2369, 2008.

Reinbolt, J.A., Haftka, R.T., Chmielewski, T.L., and Fregly, B.J.  "A computational framework to predict post-treatment outcome for gait-related disorders."  Medical Engineering & Physics, 30(4):434-443, 2008.

Reinbolt, J.A., Haftka, R.T., Chmielewski, T.L., and Fregly, B.J.  "Are patient-specific joint and inertial parameters necessary for accurate inverse dynamics analyses of gait?"  IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 54(5):782-793, 2007.

Reinbolt, J.A., Schutte, J.F., Fregly, B.J., Haftka, R.T., George, A.D., and Mitchell, K.H.  "Determination of patient-specific multi-joint kinematic models through two-level optimization."  Journal of Biomechanics, 38(3):621-626, 2005.


Curriculum Vitae (top)


Hobbies (top)

Spending time with family, volleyball, biking, hiking, and exploring the outdoors.


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