Szu-Ching Lu

Dr

  • United Kingdom

20092020

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Personal profile

Personal Statement

I am currently a Hawthorne Fellow in Autism Innovation, and my current projects aim to help with the early diagnosis and intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) from the perspective of human movement biomechanics.

I was trained as an occupational therapist before I received my PhD in Biomedical Engineering (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan). During my PhD study, I was awarded funding for one-year training at Mayo Clinic (Minnesota, USA) where I advanced my research in the biomechanics of trigger finger. After receiving my PhD degree, I did research at Cleveland Clinic (Ohio, USA) where I investigated the motor control of individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome. I moved to UK in 2015 to work on an ERC-funded project at the University of Kent where I led biomechanical experiments to help understand the evolution of human hand. I joined the Laboratory for Innovation in Autism at the University of Strathclyde in 2018 as a Research Associate, and then I was awarded the Hawthorne Fellowship in 2019. 

I am interested in exploring human movement biomechanics and its applications to answer unresolved research questions, and to improve health and wellbeing. With my broad experience in interdisciplinary research, I have published peer-reviewed articles and presented at international meetings across varied professional fields, including rehabilitation, biomechanics, anthropology, and autism research. 

Academic / Professional qualifications

  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
    December 2013
  • Certified Occupational Therapist, Taiwan
    August 2007
  • BSc in Occupational Therapy, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
    June 2007

External positions

Global Representative, Early Career Committee (ECC), International Society for Autism Research (INSAR)

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Keywords

  • Biomechanics
  • Hand function
  • Motion Analysis

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Research Output

Metacarpophalangeal joint loads during bonobo locomotion: model predictions versus proxies

Synek, A., Lu, S-C., Nauwelaerts, S., Pahr, D. & Kivell, T., 31 Mar 2020, In : Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 17, 164, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • An experimental study of human hand pressures during suspension and implications for fossil hominin locomotion

    Lockwood, V., Lu, S-C., Winter, S. & Kivell, T., 30 Mar 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

  • Prizes

    Strathclyde Team Medal for Innovation in Autism

    Szu-Ching Lu (Recipient), 28 Sep 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Activities

    • 1 Membership of committee
    • 1 Membership of network
    • 1 Invited talk

    International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) (External organisation)

    Szu-Ching Lu (Member)
    13 Mar 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network