We work on the biomechanics and control of motor behavior in humans and other animals. Our work spans the areas of mechanics, dynamics, robotics, biomedical engineering, as well as comparative and evolutionary biomechanics. We apply principles of mechanics, both mathematical and experimental, to understand how the mechanical design and material properties of our bodies help or hinder the ability to control it. Applications of our work include human health and biologically inspired design of robotic or prosthetic devices.


If you are interested in doing your PhD in my lab, please write to me with your CV, your interests, and your views on the work carried out in my lab. Those with a background in mechanics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, applied mathematics, physics, robotics or control theory are particularly encouraged to apply. Motivation, thoughtfulness and creativity are more important than your background.

I do not have any specific postdoc openings right now. However, I am always looking to work with talented scientists. Those interested in mechanics, evolution, control theory, or robotics, with a bent for mathematical work, are highly encouraged to write to me. Please send me an email and include your CV and names of references.


Recent publications

Journal Article
Venkadesan M, Yawar A, Eng CM, Dias MA, Singh DK, Tommasini SM, et al. Stiffness of the human foot and evolution of the transverse arch. Nature. 2020;579(7797):97 - 100.
Dhawale N, Mandre S, Venkadesan M. Dynamics and stability of running on rough terrains. Royal Society Open Science. 2019;6:181729.
Nguyen KD, Sharma N, Venkadesan M. Active Viscoelasticity of Sarcomeres. Frontiers in Robotics and AI. 2018;5.  (975.7 KB)
Nguyen K, Yu N, Bandi MM, Venkadesan M, Mandre S. Curvature-induced stiffening of a fish fin. Journal of The Royal Society Interface. 2017;14(130):20170247.
Venkadesan M, Mahadevan L. Optimal strategies for throwing accurately. Royal Society Open Science. 2017;4(4):170136.
Book Chapter
Venkadesan M, Bandi MM, Mandre S. Biological feet: Evolution, mechanics and applications. In Bioinspired Legged Locomotion: Models, Concepts, Control and Applications (ed. M. Sharbafi and A. Seyfarth). Elsevier Science; 2017.
Conference Paper
Srinivasan A, Venkadesan M. Polynomial mechanics and optimal control. In 2015 European Control Conference. Linz, Austria: IEEE; 2015.  (428.97 KB)
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