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Laurel Kuxhaus

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Laurel Kuxhaus
Associate Professor
CAMP Annex 2205
Clarkson University
PO Box 5725
Potsdam, NY  13699-5725
Phone: 315-268-6602
Fax: 315-268-6695
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Curriculum Vitae

Educational Background
Ph.D., Univeristy of Pittsburgh (2008)
M.S., Cornell University (2003)
B.S.,  Michigan State University (2001)

ES/ME 380 - Biomechanics
ES 220 - Statics
ES 223 - Rigid Body Dynamics

Research Interests
Dr. Kuxhaus's research in the broad field of orthopaedic biomechanics focuses on the upper extremity with particular emphasis on the elbow.  Her research includes both experiments and theoretical models using the principles of solid mechanics to investigate how upper extremity function is altered with impairments such as disease or injury.  Current work includes studying the strain behavior of the medial ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow using optical measuring techniques.  This has an immediate application to the clinical reconstruction of the ligament following injury in throwing athletes.  Additional projects investigating elbow stiffness and the microarchitecture of vertebral bone are underway.  Past work has included measurements and models of thumb force production capabilities in impaired and unimpaired individuals, quantification of ankle proprioception, and a comparison of the performance of two different hip implant designs.

Selected Publications

Cassidy E, McCullom SB, Parnes N, Kuxhaus, L, Ciani MJ. (2016).  “Morphological variation of the carotid arterial system increases the risk of development of central nervous system ischemia.”  Clinical Medicine Reviews in Vascular Health, 8, 1-5.  doi: 10.4137/CMRVH.S38902.

Corbiere NCZeigler SL, Issen KA, Michalek AJ, Kuxhaus L.  (2016)  “Ring apophysis fractures induced by low-load low-angle repetitive flexion in an ex-vivo cervine model”  J Biomech,  49(9):1477-81.  doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2016.03.022.

Kuxhaus L, Corbiere NC (2016)  “Classroom Journal Club:  collaborative study of contemporary primary literature in the biomechanics classroom.” J Biomech Eng,  138(7), 070801 (5 pages).  doi: 10.1115/1.4032802.

McDonald LT, Corbiere NC, DeLisle JA, Clark AM, Kuxhaus L. (2016) " Winning the war on postoperative pain: a multimodal strategy to reduce pain and narcotic pain medication usage after total joint arthroplasty."  AORN Journal, 103(6): 606-613.  This article was selected for Continuing Education credit, with an accompanying quiz.               

Hedgeland MJ, Libruk MA, Corbiere NC, Ciani MJ, Kuxhaus L. (2016) "The Odocoileus virginianus femur: mechanical behavior and morphology." PLoS ONE 11(1): e0146611. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0146611  Data available at: doi:10.5061/dryad.59gg3.

McDonald LT, Clark AM, Landauer AK, Kuxhaus L. (2015) "Winning the war on surgical site infection: the role of a preoperative evidence-based intervention bundle in total joint arthroplasty." AORN J, 102(2):182.e1-182.e11. doi: 10.1016/j.aorn.2015.06.007.                

Throop AD, Clark AM, Kuxhaus L. (2015) "An adjustable-length intramedullary nail: development and mechanical evaluation in cervine tibiae.” J Med Dev; 9(2):024503-024503-5.  doi: 10.1115/1.4030152. 

Miller MC, Kuxhaus L, Cowgill ML, Cook HA, Druschel M, Palmer B, Baratz ME.  (2015) “Unique model evokes the supination/pronation deficits found after Mason II fractures.”  J Orthop Res, 33(3),343-8. doi: 10.1002/jor.22771.               

Throop AD, Landauer AK, Clark AM, Kuxhaus L. (2015) "Cervine tibia morphology and mechanical strength: a suitable tibia model?" J Biomech Eng, 137(3), 034503 (6 pages) doi: 10.1115/1.4029302.               

Landauer AK, Mondal S, Yuya PA, Kuxhaus L. (2014) "Cyclic cryopreservation affects the nanoscale material properties of trabecular bone." J Biomech 47, pp.3584-89  doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2014.08.027.               

Corbiere NC, Lewicki KA, Issen KA, Kuxhaus L. (2014) "Creating physiologically realistic vertebral fractures in a cervine model." J Biomech Eng, 136, 064504-1 – 064504-4.  doi: 10.1115/1.4027059. 

Kuxhaus L, Zeng S, Robinson CJ.  (2014)  “Dependence of elbow joint stiffness measurements on speed, angle, and muscle contraction level.”  J Biomech, 47(5):1234-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2013.12.008. 

Sotereanos NG, Wohlrab D, Hofer A, Kuxhaus L, Miller MC.  (2013)  “Subsidence in two uncemented femoral stems: an in vitro study.”  Proc Inst Mech Eng (H): J Eng Med.  227(10), 1067-1072.  doi: 10.1177/0954411913493877. 

Tanaka M, Weisenbach CA, Miller MC, Kuxhaus L.  (2011)  “A continuous method to compute model parameters for soft biological materials.”  J Biomech Eng, 133(7), 074502:1-7. 

Kuxhaus L, Schimoler PJ, Vipperman JS, Miller MC.  (2009)  “Validation of a feedback-controlled elbow simulator design: elbow muscle moment arm measurement.”   J Med Dev,3(1), 021002:1-7. doi: 10.1115/1.3191725. 

Kuxhaus L, Schimoler PJ, Vipperman JS, Baratz ME, Miller MC.  (2009) “Effects of camera switching on fine accuracy in a motion capture system.”  J Biomech Eng, 131(1), 014502:1-6. doi: 10.1115/1.3002910. 

Conti S, Dazen D, Stewart G, Green A, Martin R, Kuxhaus L, Miller, MC. (2008) “Proprioception after total ankle arthroplasty.”  Foot and Ankle International, 29(11), 1069-1073.  doi: 10.3113/FAI.2008.1069. 

Espiritu M, Kuxhaus L, Kaufman RA, Li ZM, Goitz RJ.  (2005) “Quantifying the effect of the distal intrinsic release procedure on proximal interphalangeal joint flexion: a cadaveric study.”J Hand Surg [Am] 30A(5), 1032-1038. doi: 0.1016/j.jhsa.2005.05.003. 

Kuxhaus L, Valero-Cuevas FJ, and Roach SS. (2005) “Quantifying deficits in the 3D force capabilities of a digit caused by selective paralysis: Application to the thumb with simulated low ulnar nerve palsy.”, J Biomech, 38(4), 725-736. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2004.05.010.               

Li ZM, Fisk JA, Kuxhaus L, Christophel TH.  (2005) “Coupling between wrist flexion-extension and radial-ulnar deviation.” Clin Biomech20(2), 177-183.  doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2004.10.002.