Richard L. Lieber

Richard L. Lieber, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President
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Dr. Lieber’s work is characterized by its interdisciplinary nature—an approach that is relevant to those who study biomechanics and Orthopaedic Surgery.  He has published over 250 articles in journals ranging from the very basic such as The Biophysical Journal and The Journal of Cell Biology to those more applied such as The Journal of Hand Surgery and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.  Dr. Lieber’s research focuses on design and plasticity of skeletal muscle.  Currently, he is developing state-of-the-art approaches to understanding muscle contractures that result from cerebral palsy, stroke and spinal cord injury.

Location

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training

    Education

    Credential

    2013
    M.B.A., Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego
    1983
    Ph.D., Biophysics, Electrical Engineering minor, Department of Zoology, University of California, Davis
    1978
    B.S., Physiology, University of California, Davis

Recent Publications

Pathophysiology of muscle contractures in cerebral palsy.
Mathewson MA, Lieber RL
doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2014.09.005
Skeletal muscle fibroblasts in health and disease.
Chapman MA, Meza R, Lieber RL
doi: 10.1016/j.diff.2016.05.007

Honors & Awards

  • Founders Award
    American College of Sports Medicine (Southwest Chapter), Irvine, CA., 2014
  • Gayle G. Arnold Award
    American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Minneapolis, MN., 2013
  • Kappa Delta Award
    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Chicago, IL., 2013
  • Lieber, R.L. (1996). Method and apparatus for controlling skeletal muscle fatigue during electrical stimulation. Patent Number: 5,507,788.
  • Lieber, R.L. (1989). Adaptive, closed-loop electrical stimulation of muscle. U.S. Patent Number: 4,838,272.
  • Lieber, R.L. and R.J. Baskin. (1986). Surgical myometer method. U.S. Patent Number: 4,570,641.

Affiliations

  • American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (Member)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (Fellow)
  • American Society of Biomechanics (Fellow)
  • Biophysical Society (Member)
  • Fulbright Association (Life Member)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)(Member)
  • Society for Neuroscience (Member)
  • Western Orthopaedic Association (Honorary Member)

Muscle Physiology Lab

We investigate muscle fiber and tendon properties in neurological impairments and sports-related injuries.

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Work History

  • 2005 - Present
    Senior Research Career Scientist, Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital
  • 2014 - Present
    Professor, Departments of Physiology, Biomedical Engineering and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (NU)
  • 2009 - 2014
    Co-Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Research (Institute for Engineering in Medicine at UCSD)
  • 2005 - 2014
    Director, National Skeletal Muscle Research Center
  • 1994 - 2014
    Professor, University of California, San Diego, Departments of Orthopaedics and Bioengineering
  • 1990 - 1994
    Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego, Departments of Orthopaedics and AMES/Bioengineering
  • 2000 - 2005
    Research Career Scientist, Veterans Affairs Medical Center (GS-14), San Diego, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 1986 - 2000
    Biomedical Engineer, GS-13/14, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Diego, Department of Orthopaedic Research,
  • 1985 - 1990
    Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of California, San Diego, Department of Surgery, Division of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
  • 1983 - 1986
    Biomedical Engineer, GS-11, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Diego, Department of Orthopaedic Research
  • 1992 - 1995
    Postgraduate Research Physiologist, University of California, San Diego, Department of Surgery, Division of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
  • 1981 - 1982
    Research Associate, University of California, Davis