Dr. Francisco Valero-Cuevas, PhD, is Associate Professor of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at USC. His primary research interest is the biomechanics, neuromuscular control, and clinical rehabilitation of complex neuromuscular systems such as the human hand. Dr. Valero-Cuevas has served as PI on numerous research projects, including most recently the NIH-funded R01 studies Structure and Function of the Fingers' Tendinous Apparatus and Control of Finger Movement and Force for Precision Pinch.
Positions & HonorsPositions
|2007-present||Associate Professor, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy and Department of Biomechanical Engineering, University of Southern California|
|2006-2007||Associate Professor of Applied Biomechanics, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Medical College, Cornell University|
|2005-2007||Associate Scientist, Research Division, The Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY|
|2005-2007||Associate Professor, Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University|
|1999-2005||Assistant Professor, Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University|
|1999-2005||Assistant Scientist, Dept. of Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Hospital for Special Surgery|
|1997-1999||Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Dept., Stanford University|
|1997-1999||Research Associate, Biomechanical Engineering Division, Mechanical Engineering Dept., Stanford University|
|1991-1999||Biomedical Engineer, Neuromuscular Systems Section Rehabilitation Research and Development Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA|
Selected Honors & Awards
|2005-2007||Member, Motor Function, Speech and Rehabilitation Study Section, NIH Center for Scientific Review.|
|2005||Program-Chair Elect, 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics|
|2005||First Place Award. 3rd Annual Bioengineering Expo, Institute for Biological Engineering, Cornell.|
|2005||Boeing Company Best Paper Award. International Conference on Advanced Robotics, ICAR.|
|2005-2006||Humboldt Research Fellowship to work at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Munich.|
|2004-present||Elected Sloan Faculty, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority Ph.D. Program at Cornell University|
|2003||National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program CAREER award|
|2003||Post-Doctoral Young Scientist Award, American Society of Biomechanics|
|Stanford University||Ph.D.||1997||Mechanical Engineering/ Biomechanics|
|Queen's University, Kingston, Canada||M.S. Eng.||1991||Mechanical Engineering/ Biomechanics|
Current Research Support
NIH R01 AR-052345
(Valero-Cuevas, PI) 2005-2009
Structure and Function of the Fingers' Tendinous Apparatus
Description: To characterize the biomechanical coupling within and across fingers due to the tendinous anatomy
Role: Principal Investigator
NIH K23 AR050607
(Mandl L, PI) 2004-2009
An RCT for Treating Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis
Research: To establish the optimal medical treatment for carpometacarpal osteoarthritis, and evaluate accurate outcome measures of hand impairment for carpometacarpal joint dysfunction.
Role: Mentor; Member of Advisory Panel
- Valero-Cuevas FJ, Venkadesan M, and Todorov E. Structured variability of muscle activations supports the minimal intervention principle of motor control. J Neurophysiol. 2009 Apr 15. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 19369362
- Santos VJ, Bustamante CD, and Valero-Cuevas FJ. Improving the fitness of high-dimensional biomechanical models via data-driven stochastic exploration. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2009 Mar;56(3):552-64.
- Valero-Cuevas FJ. A mathematical approach to the mechanical capabilities of limbs and fingers. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2009;629:619-33.
- Venkadesan M and Valero-Cuevas FJ. Effects of neuromuscular lags on controlling contact transitions. Philos Transact A Math Phys Eng Sci. 2009 Mar 28;367(1891):1163-79.
- Keenan KG and Valero-Cuevas FJ. Epoch length to accurately estimate the amplitude of interference EMG is likely the result of unavoidable amplitude cancellation. Biomed Signal Process Control. 2008 Apr;3(2):154-162.
- Clewley RH, Guckenheimer JM, and Valero-Cuevas FJ.Estimating effective degrees of freedom in motor systems. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2008 Feb;55(2 Pt 1):430-42.
- Venkadesan M and Valero-Cuevas FJ. Neural control of motion-to-force transitions with the fingertip. J Neurosci. 2008 Feb 6;28(6):1366-73.
- Valero-Cuevas FJ, Anand VV, Saxena A, and Lipson H. Beyond parameter estimation: Extending biomechanical modeling by the explicit exploration of model topology. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2007 Nov;54(11):1951-64.
- Keenan KG and Valero-Cuevas FJ. Experimentally valid predictions of muscle force and EMG in models of motor-unit function are most sensitive to neural properties. J Neurophysiol. 2007 Sep;98(3):1581-90.
- Valero-Cuevas FJ, Yi JW, Brown D, McNamara RV 3rd, Paul C, Lipson H. The tendon network of the fingers performs anatomical computation at a macroscopic scale. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2007 Jun;54(6 Pt 2):1161-6.