Keck School Faculty

Craig McGowan

Craig McGowan

Associate Professor of Clinical Integrative Anatomical Sciences
Medicine
1333 San Pablo St. Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles

University of Idaho: Award for Teaching Excellence, 2020

University of Idaho: University Mid-Career Award, 2018-2020

University of Idaho: Award for Teaching Excellence, 2015

University of Idaho: Alumni Award for Excellence in Mentoring, 2014

National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research: Outstanding Researcher Award, 2012

American Society of Biomechanics: Young Scientist Post-doctoral Award, 2010

Comparison between the kinematics for kangaroo rat hopping on a solid versus sand surface R Soc Open Sci. 2022 Feb; 9(2):211491. . View in PubMed

Comparative analysis of Dipodomys species indicates that kangaroo rat hindlimb anatomy is adapted for rapid evasive leaping J Anat. 2022 03; 240(3):466-474. . View in PubMed

Elastic energy storage across speeds during steady-state hopping of desert kangaroo rats (Dipodomys deserti) J Exp Biol. 2022 01 15; 225(2). . View in PubMed

Clinician Reliability of One-Handed Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Forces During a Simulated Treatment J Sport Rehabil. 2022 05 01; 31(4):505-510. . View in PubMed

Vegetation and vantage point influence across diverse ecosystems: Implications for animal ecology Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 2022; (10:911051). . View in PubMed

Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Forces Applied by Trained Clinicians During a Simulated Treatment J Sport Rehabil. 2022 01 01; 31(1):120-124. . View in PubMed

Clinician Reliability of One-Handed Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Forces During a Simulated Treatment Journal of Sports Rehabilitation. 2022; (31):505-510. . View in PubMed

Descriptive Analysis of Forces Applied by Trained Clinicians During Two-Handed Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization J Athl Train. 2021 Nov 18. . View in PubMed

Plantar flexor muscles of kangaroo rats (Dipodomys deserti) shorten at a velocity to produce optimal power during jumping J Exp Biol. 2021 12 15; 224(24). . View in PubMed

An Evolutionary Tail: EvoDevo, Structure, and Function of Post-anal Appendages Integrative and Comparative Biology. 2021; 2(61):352-357. . View in PubMed

Future Tail Tales: A Forward-Looking, Integrative Perspective on Tail Research Integrative and Comparative Biology. 2021; 2(61):521-537. . View in PubMed

Descriptive Analysis of Forces Applied by Trained Clinicians During Two-Handed Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Journal of Athletic Training. 2021. . View in PubMed

How to Stick the Landing: Kangaroo Rats Use Their Tails to Reorient during Evasive Jumps Away from Predators Integr Comp Biol. 2021 09 08; 61(2):442-454. . View in PubMed

Functional morphology of the ankle extensor muscle-tendon units in the springhare Pedetes capensis shows convergent evolution with macropods for bipedal hopping locomotion J Anat. 2020 09; 237(3):568-578. . View in PubMed

Associations of early-life growth with health using an allostatic load score in young, urban African adults: Birth to Twenty Plus Cohort J Dev Orig Health Dis. 2020 08; 11(4):360-368. . View in PubMed

Lighten up! Postural instructions affect static and dynamic balance in healthy older adults Innovation in Aging. 2020; 2(4). . View in PubMed

Estimation of the force-velocity properties of individual muscles from measurement of the combined plantarflexor properties J Exp Biol. 2020 09 18; 223(Pt 18). . View in PubMed

The Contributions of Individual Muscle-Tendon Units to the Plantarflexor Group Force-Length Properties Ann Biomed Eng. 2019 Nov; 47(11):2168-2177. . View in PubMed

Tendons from kangaroo rats are exceptionally strong and tough Sci Rep. 2019 06 03; 9(1):8196. . View in PubMed

Yank: the time derivative of force is an important biomechanical variable in sensorimotor systems J Exp Biol. 2019 09 12; 222(Pt 18). . View in PubMed

Exploring Bipedal Hopping through Computational Evolution Artif Life. 2019; 25(3):236-249. . View in PubMed

Functional capacity of kangaroo rat hindlimbs: adaptations for locomotor performance J R Soc Interface. 2018 07; 15(144). . View in PubMed

Jumping mechanics of desert kangaroo rats J Exp Biol. 2018 11 12; 221(Pt 22). . View in PubMed

J Exp Biol. 2018 06 15; 221(Pt 12). . View in PubMed

Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) locomotion: forelimb joint mechanics across speed in the sagittal and frontal planes J Exp Biol. 2017 04 01; 220(Pt 7):1322-1329. . View in PubMed

Impact Accelerations of Barefoot and Shod Running Int J Sports Med. 2016 May; 37(5):364-8. . View in PubMed

Muscle contributions to frontal plane angular momentum during walking J Biomech. 2016 09 06; 49(13):2975-2981. . View in PubMed

Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) locomotion: gaits and ground reaction forces J Exp Biol. 2015 Oct; 218(Pt 19):3102-9. . View in PubMed

Kinematic and kinetic comparison of barefoot and shod running in mid/forefoot and rearfoot strike runners Gait Posture. 2015 May; 41(4):957-9. . View in PubMed

Evaluating the Effect of a Flexible Spine on the Evolution of Quadrupedal Gaits Proceedings of the European Conference on Artificial Life. 2015; 166-173. . View in PubMed

Scaling of the spring in the leg during bouncing gaits of mammals Integr Comp Biol. 2014 Dec; 54(6):1099-108. . View in PubMed

The effect of stride length on the dynamics of barefoot and shod running J Biomech. 2014 Aug 22; 47(11):2745-50. . View in PubMed

Muscle activation patterns and patellofemoral pain in cyclists Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014 Apr; 46(4):753-61. . View in PubMed

Collision-based mechanics of bipedal hopping Biol Lett. 2013 Aug 23; 9(4):20130418. . View in PubMed

A phenomenological muscle model to assess history dependent effects in human movement J Biomech. 2013 Jan 04; 46(1):151-7. . View in PubMed

Exploring the Role of the Tail in Bipedal Hopping through Computational Evolution Proceedings of the 12th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL). 2013; 11-18. . View in PubMed

Leg stiffness of sprinters using running-specific prostheses J R Soc Interface. 2012 Aug 07; 9(73):1975-82. . View in PubMed

Muscle contributions to whole-body sagittal plane angular momentum during walking J Biomech. 2011 Jan 04; 44(1):6-12. . View in PubMed

Running-specific prostheses limit ground-force during sprinting Biol Lett. 2010 Apr 23; 6(2):201-4. . View in PubMed

A phenomenological model and validation of shortening-induced force depression during muscle contractions J Biomech. 2010 Feb 10; 43(3):449-54. . View in PubMed

Modular control of human walking: Adaptations to altered mechanical demands J Biomech. 2010 Feb 10; 43(3):412-9. . View in PubMed

Obesity does not increase external mechanical work per kilogram body mass during walking J Biomech. 2009 Oct 16; 42(14):2273-8. . View in PubMed

Forward dynamics simulations provide insight into muscle mechanical work during human locomotion Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2009 Oct; 37(4):203-10. . View in PubMed

Modulation of leg muscle function in response to altered demand for body support and forward propulsion during walking J Biomech. 2009 May 11; 42(7):850-6. . View in PubMed

The influence of muscle physiology and advanced technology on sports performance Annu Rev Biomed Eng. 2009; 11:81-107. . View in PubMed

Differential design for hopping in two species of wallabies Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol. 2008 Jun; 150(2):151-8. . View in PubMed

Hind limb scaling of kangaroos and wallabies (superfamily Macropodoidea): implications for hopping performance, safety factor and elastic savings J Anat. 2008 Feb; 212(2):153-63. . View in PubMed

Modulation of proximal muscle function during level versus incline hopping in tammar wallabies (Macropus eugenii) J Exp Biol. 2007 Apr; 210(Pt 7):1255-65. . View in PubMed

The mechanics of jumping versus steady hopping in yellow-footed rock wallabies J Exp Biol. 2005 Jul; 208(Pt 14):2741-51. . View in PubMed

Joint work and power associated with acceleration and deceleration in tammar wallabies (Macropus eugenii) J Exp Biol. 2005 Jan; 208(Pt 1):41-53. . View in PubMed

Dynamic pressure maps for wings and tails of pigeons in slow, flapping flight, and their energetic implications J Exp Biol. 2005 Jan; 208(Pt 2):355-69. . View in PubMed

Dynamics of leg muscle function in tammar wallabies (Meugenii) during level versus incline hopping. Journal of Experimental Biology. 2004; (207):211-223. . View in PubMed

Counterpoint: Artificial legs do not make artificially fast running speeds possible J Appl Physiol (1985). 2010 Apr; 108(4):1012-4; discussion 1014; author reply 1020. . View in PubMed

Effects of load carrying on metabolic cost and hindlimb muscle dynamics in guinea fowl (Numida meleagris) J Appl Physiol (1985). 2006 Oct; 101(4):1060-9. . View in PubMed

Independent effects of weight and mass on plantar flexor activity during walking: implications for their contributions to body support and forward propulsion J Appl Physiol (1985). 2008 Aug; 105(2):486-94. . View in PubMed

The fastest runner on artificial legs: different limbs, similar function? J Appl Physiol (1985). 2009 Sep; 107(3):903-11.. View in PubMed

Dr. McGowan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Anatomical Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Prior to joining USC, he spent ten years in the Department of Biological Sciences and the WWAMI Medical Education Program at the University of Idaho. He received his PhD in Biology from Harvard University and was an NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Integrated Physiology at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin.

Dr. McGowan's research program seeks to understand the relationships between musculoskeletal morphology and the biomechanics of locomotor performance. His research team addresses questions geared towards understanding the in-vivo dynamics of individual muscles, the influence of musculoskeletal architecture on muscle function, and the links between limb morphology, whole body locomotor performance and habitat utilization. Using a comparative approach, he integrates a number of research techniques including in-vivo muscle-tendon measurements, musculoskeletal modeling and computer simulation, whole body physiology and biomechanics, and measurements of performance and habitat use in the field to examine how humans and other animals maneuver through their natural environments.
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