About Us

The Movement & Applied Imaging Lab is directed by Dr. Deepak Kumar. The Lab is a trans-disciplinary collaboration with the objective of preventing and managing musculoskeletal disorders, primarily osteoarthritis. We use state-of-the-art technologies to study the quality and quantity of movement during daily activities, and its effects on the health of cartilage, muscle, bone, etc.  This information helps us identify risk factors for hip and knee osteoarthritis.  Specific populations that may be at-risk include athletes with femoroacetabular impingement at the hip, ACL tears, meniscus injuries, and older adults with obesity, and women. Our goal is to develop novel strategies to prevent and manage the disability associated with hip and knee osteoarthritis. 


To unravel the biomechanical mechanisms underlying the onset and progression of tissue damage in osteoarthritis; and use this knowledge to develop more effective and personalized treatment interventions that reduce disability and directly impact patient care. 


Dr. Kumar is honored to conduct his research in the Barreca Motion Analysis Laboratory which is named after a generous benefactor to the Boston University Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training.
Our research is funded by the following agencies: