Dr Szu-Ching Lu

Research Associate


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 improve health and wellbeing, and to answer unresolved research questions in a broader context. I have been working on interdisciplinary projects across fields, including rehabilitation, biomechanics, anthropology, and autism research. 

Please find more details about my projects at https://sites.google.com/view/szuchinglu


A prospective perception-action strategy in children with autism during smart-tablet gameplay
Lu Szu-Ching, Lee David, Anzulewicz Anna, Sobota Krzysztof, Rowe Philip, Tachtatzis Christos, Andonovic Ivan, Delafield-Butt Jonathan
International Society for Autism Research Virtual Annual Meeting 2021, pp. 1 (2021)
Swipe kinematics differ in different aged children with autism spectrum disorders during smart-tablet gameplay
Lu Szu-Ching, Rowe P J, Tachtatzis Christos, Andonovic Ivan, Anzulewicz Anna, Sobota Krzysztof, Delafield-Butt Jonathan
International Society for Autism Research Virtual Annual Meeting (2020)
Metacarpophalangeal joint loads during bonobo locomotion : model predictions versus proxies
Synek Alexander, Lu Szu-Ching, Nauwelaerts Sandra, Pahr Dieter, Kivell Tracy
Journal of the Royal Society Interface Vol 17 (2020)
Support size and thumb position preferences in humans during suspension and vertical climbing : implications for hominin hand evolution
Lockwood Victoria A, Lu Szu-Ching, Winter Samantha, Kivell Tracy L
American Journal of Physical Anthropology Vol 171, pp. 164-164 (2020)
Musculoskeletal models of a human and bonobo finger : parameter identification and comparison to in vitro experiments
Synek Alexander, Lu Szu-Ching, Vereecke Evie E, Nauwelaerts Sandra, Kivell Tracy L, Pahr Dieter H
PeerJ Vol 7 (2019)
Signals of locomotion and manipulation in the internal trabecular bone structure of extant hominoids and fossil hominins
Kivell Tracy, Dunmore Christopher, Lu Szu-Ching, Synek Alexander, Bardo Ameline, Bird Emma, Deckers Kim, Key Alastair, Pahr Dieter, Skinner Matthew
The 12th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology (2019)

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