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Michael Lavagnino

Specialist - Teacher

Mechanical Engineering (ME), College of Engineering

Engineering Bldg, 428 S Shaw Ln Room 3508


Effective teaching, Curriculum development, Tendon mechanobiology, biomechanics, orthopaedics


Ph.D. Engineering Mechanics, Michigan State University, 2007

M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1998

M.S.E. Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1998

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1996


T. David Sisk Award for Best Original Research Paper, Sports Health Journal, 2011 "Infrapatellar Straps Decrease Patellar Tendon Strain at the Site of the Jumper's Knee Lesion: A Computational Analysis Based on Radiographic Measurements".

New Investigator Recognition Awards Finalist, Orthopaedic Research Society, 2011 "In situ deflection of tendon cell cilia in response to tensile loading: An in vitro study".

Cabaud Memorial Award, The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 2008 "Patellar tendon strain is increased at the site of the jumper's knee lesion during knee flexion and tendon loading: Results and cadaveric testing of a computational model".


Egerbacher M, Gardner K, Caballero O, Hlavaty J, Schlosser S, Arnoczky SP, Lavagnino M. Stress-deprivation induces an up-regulation of versican and connexin-43 mRNA and protein synthesis and increased ADAMTS-1 production in tendon cells in situ. Conn Tissue Res. 2021.

Yik S, Benjamin M, Lavagnino M, Morris D. DIAT (Depth-Infrared Image Annotation Transfer) for Training a Depth-Based Pig-Pose Detector. Proc. of Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Oct. 2020. Finalist for Best Agri-Robotics Paper.

Mehdizadeh A, Gardiner BS, Lavagnino M, Smith DW. Effect of Collagen Length Distribution and Timing for Repair on the Active TGF-β Concentration in Tendon. Conn Tissue Res. 59(5):396-409, 2018.

Mehdizadeh A, Gardiner BS, Lavagnino M, Smith DW. Predicting tenocyte expression profiles and average molecular concentrations in Achilles tendon ECM from tissue strain and fiber damage. Biomech Model Mechanobiol. 16(4):1329-1348, 2017.


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