Jo is a PhD student in the Structure & Motion Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Monica Daley in collaboration with Professor Alan Wilson. Her project funded by the BBSRC is investigating the role of pinnate muscles in mechanics and control of stable locomotion in the guinea fowl.
Jo qualified with a BVetMed from Cambridge in 2007 having intercalating with an MA in Zoology. As an undergraduate she had already pursued small research projects in her two main areas of clinical interest, exotic medicine and orthopaedics. She worked in small animal practice for 1.5 years before completing the Junior Clinical Training Scholarship in the QMHA at the RVC.
Through her clinical work in orthopaedics Jo has developed an avid interest in kinematics, gait analysis and muscle function. Her current research in to the role of pinnate muscles in stable locomotion in biped birds integrates these areas. She endeavors to clarify how inherent muscle architecture and mechanics interact with central nervous control to enable stable locomotion through varied terrain and perturbations in the guinea fowl.
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