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Boris I. Prilutsky, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Center for Human Movement Studies
School of Applied Physiology
Office: 1309 D
Phone:(404) 894-7659
Fax: (404) 894-7593
Lab: Biomechanics and Motor Control Lab



  • Ph.D., Biology, Latvian Research Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics, Riga, former USSR, 1990.
  • B.S., Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, Moscow Institute of Electronic Engineering, Moscow, former USSR, 1987.
  • B.S., Physical Education, Central Institute of Physical Culture, Moscow, former USSR, 1978.

Research Interests

The major research focus of my research is on biomechanics and motor control of locomotion and reaching movements in healthy people and individuals with neurological and musculoskeletal pathological conditions. In particular, we study the mechanisms of motor learning and adaptation to novel motor tasks as well as to pathologic conditions of the neuromusculoskeletal system caused by injury (stroke, peripheral nerve or spinal cord injury, and amputation). We also investigate how motor practice and sensory information affect selections of adaptive motor strategies.


Applied Physiology "brown-bag" lunchtime seminars

  • Seminar Schedule
  • Recent Publications

    • Books and book chapters
      • Zatsiorsky VM and Prilutsky BI (2012) Biomechanics of Skeletal Muscles. Human Kinetics.
      • Prilutsky BI and Klishko AN (2010) Control of locomotion: Lessons from whole-body biomechanical analysis. In: Motor Control: Theories, Experiments, and Applications (Danion F and Latash ML Eds), pp. 159-178.). Oxford University Press.
      • Prilutsky BI, Klishko AN, Farrell B, Harley L, Philips G, Bottasso CL. (2009) Movement coordination in skilled tasks: Insights from optimization. In: Advances in Neuromuscular Physiology of Motor Skills and Muscle Fatigue (Shinohara M Ed.), pp. 139-171. Research Signpost, Kerala, India. PDF

    • Peer-reviewed articles
      • Hodson-Tole EF, Pantall A, Maas H, Farrell BJ, Gregor BJ, Prilutsky BI. (2012) Task dependent activity of motor unit populations in feline ankle extensor muscles. J Exp Biology (In Press). PubMed
      • Pantall A, Gregor RJ, Prilutsky BI. (2012) Stance and swing phase detection during level and slope walking in the cat: effects of slope, injury, subject and kinematic detection method. J Biomech. 45(8):1529-1533. PubMed
      • Markin SN, Lemay MA, Prilutsky BI, Rybak IA. (2012) Motoneuronal and muscle synergies involved in cat hindlimb control during fictive and real locomotion: a comparison study. J Neurophysiol. 107(8):2057-2071. PDF
      • Prilutsky BI, Ashley D, VanHiel L, Harley L, Tidwell JS, Backus D (2011) Motor control and motor redundancy in the upper extremity: Implications for neurorehabilitation. Top Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil. 17(1): 7-15. PDF
      • Spardy LE, Markin SN, Shevtsova NA, Prilutsky BI, Rybak IA, Rubin JE. (2011) A dynamical systems analysis of afferent control in a neuromechanical model of locomotion: II. Phase asymmetry. J Neural Eng. 8(6):065004. PubMed
      • Spardy LE, Markin SN, Shevtsova NA, Prilutsky BI, Rybak IA, Rubin JE. (2011) A dynamical systems analysis of afferent control in a neuromechanical model of locomotion: I. Rhythm generation. J Neural Eng. 8(6):065003. PubMed
      • Prilutsky BI, Maas H, Bulgakova M, Hodson-Tole EF, Gregor RJ. (2011) Short-term motor compensations to denervation of feline soleus and lateral gastrocnemius result in preservation of ankle mechanical output during locomotion. Cells Tissues Organs. 193(5):310-324. PDF
      • Ollivier-Lanvin K, Krupka AJ, AuYong N, Miller K, Prilutsky BI, Lemay MA. (2011) Electrical stimulation of the sural cutaneous afferent nerve controls the amplitude and onset of the swing phase of locomotion in the spinal cat. J Neurophysiol. 2011 May;105(5):2297-2308. PDF
      • Markin SN, Klishko AN, Shevtsova NA, Lemay M, Prilutsky BI, Rybak IA. (2010)Afferent control of locomotor CPG: Insights from a simple neuro-mechanical model. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1198:21-34PDF
      • Maas H, Gregor RJ, Hodson-Tole EF, Farrell BJ, English AW, Prilutsky BI. (2010) Locomotor changes in length and EMG activity of feline medial gastrocnemius muscle following paralysis of two synergists. Exp Brain Res. 203(4):681-692. PDF
      • Beloozerova IN, Farrell BJ, Sirota MG, Prilutsky BI. (2010) Differences in movement mechanics, electromyographic, and motor cortex activity between accurate and non-accurate stepping. J Neurophysiol. 103(4):2285-2300. PDF
      • Lum PS, Mulroy S, Amdur RL, Requecjo P, Prilutsky BI, Dromerick AW. (2009) Gains in upper extremity function after stroke via recovery or compensation: Potential differential effects on amount of real-world limb use. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 16(4), 237-253. PDF
      • Pitkin M, Raykhtsaum G, Pilling J, Shukeylo Yu, Moxson V, Duz V, Lewandowski J, Connolly R, Kistenberg RS, Dalton JF IV, Prilutsky BI, Jacobson S. (2009) Mathematical modeling, mechanical and histopathology testing of the porous prosthetic pylon for direct skeletal attachment J Rehabil Res Dev. , 46(3): 315-330. PDF
      • Maas H, Gregor RJ, Hodson-Tole EF, Farrell BJ, Prilutsky BI. (2009) Distinct muscle fascicle length changes in feline medial gastrocnemius and soleus during slope walking. J Appl Physiol. 106(4): 1169-1180. PDF