Richard L. Lieber, PhD

  • Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
  • Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering

Dr. Lieber’s work is characterized by its interdisciplinary nature—an approach that is relevant to those who study biomechanics and Orthopaedic Surgery.  He has published over 250 articles in journals ranging from the very basic such as The Biophysical Journal and The Journal of Cell Biology to those more applied such as The Journal of Hand Surgery and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.  Dr. Lieber’s research focuses on design and plasticity of skeletal muscle.  Currently, he is developing state-of-the-art approaches to understanding muscle contractures that result from cerebral palsy, stroke and spinal cord injury.