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Boris I. Prilutsky, Ph.D.


Center for Human Movement Studies
School of Applied Physiology
Office: CRB 357
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

    • Prilutsky BI, Klishko AN. Neural control of locomotion: Lessons from whole-body biomechanics. In: Motor Control – Theories, experiments, and applications (Latash M, Danion F Eds.). Oxford University Press (in press).
    • Markin SN, Klishko AN, Shevtsova NA, Lemay M, Prilutsky BI, Rybak IA. Afferent control of locomotor CPG: Insights from a simple neuro-mechanical model. Ann N Y Acad Sci (in press).
    • Beloozerova IN, Farrell BJ, Sirota MG, Prilutsky BI. Differences in movement mechanics, electromyographic, and motor cortiex activity between accurate and non-accurate stepping. J Neurophysiol. (accepted).
    • Lum PS, Mulroy S, Amdur RL, Requecjo P, Prilutsky BI, Dromerick AW. 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 2009 16(4), 237-253.
    • Maas H, Gregor RJ, Hodson-Tole EF, Farrell BJ, Prilutsky BI. Distinct muscle fascicle length changes in feline medial gastrocnemius and soleus during slope walking. J Appl Physiol 2009, 106(4): 1169-1180.
    • 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. Mathematical modeling, mechanical and histopathology testing of the porous prosthetic pylon for direct skeletal attachment J Rehabil Res Dev. 2009, 46(3): 315-330.
    • Sekimoto M, Arimoto S, Prilutsky BI, Isaka T, Kawamura S. Observation of human multi-joint arm movement from the viewpoint of a Riemannian distance. Proceedings of the ICROS-SICE International Joint Conference 2009 (ICCAS-SICE2009), pp. 2664- 2669. Fukuoka, Japan, Aug. 18-21, 2009.
    • Prilutsky BI, Klishko AN, Farrell B, Harley L, Phillips G, Bottasso CL. Movement coordination in skilled tasks: Insights from optimization. In: Advances in Neuromuscular Physiology of Motor Skills and Muscle Fatigue (Shinohara M Ed.), 2009, pp. 139-171, Research Signpost, Kerala, India.
    • Maas H, Prilutsky BI, Nichols TR, Gregor RJ. The effects of self-reinnervation of cat medial and lateral gastrocnemius muscles on hindlimb kinematics in slope walking. Exp Brain Res. 2007, 181(2): 377-393.
    • Bottasso C.L., Prilutsky B.I., Croce A., Imberti E., Sartirana S. A numerical procedure for inferring from experimental data the optimization cost functions using a multibody model of the neuro-musculoskeletal system. Multibody System Dynamics 2006, 16: 123-154.
    • Gregor R.J., Smith D.W., Prilutsky B.I. Mechanics of slope walking in the cat: quantification of muscle load, length change, and ankle extensor EMG patterns. Journal of Neurophysiology 2006, 95:1397-1409.
    • Prilutsky B.I., Sirota M.G., Gregor R.J., Beloozerova I.N. Quantification of motor cortex activity and full-body biomechanics during unconstrained locomotion. Journal of Neurophysiology 2005, 94: 2959-2969.
    • Ivashko, D.G., Prilutsky, B. I., Markin, S. N., Chapin, J. K. and Rybak, I. A.. Modeling the spinal cord neural circuitry controlling cat hindlimb movement during locomotion. Neurocomputing 2003, 52-54: 621-629.