Shaobai Wang

PhD Candidate
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Spine Research Group
Massachusetts General Hospital

Research Statement

Shaobai joined the Bioengineering Laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the fall of 2006 after graduating from University of Michigan. He received his MS degree in June of 2008 and is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The focus of Shaobai’s research is to investigate in-vivo spine biomechanics, including vertebral kinematics, disc deformation, facet joint motion and etc. The research also compares normal subjects with low back pain and scoliosis patients in clinic to help improve surgical modality and to help understand the problem after surgery.


MS  2008  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA 
BS  2006  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 

Selected Recent Publications

  1. Wang, S.; Passias, P.; Li, G. et al.: Measurement of vertebral kinematics using noninvasive image matching method-validation and application. Spine, 33(11): E355-61, 2008.
  2. Wang, S.; Xia, Q.; Passias, P. et al.: Measurement of geometric deformation of lumbar intervertebral discs under in-vivo weightbearing condition. J Biomech, 42(6): 705-11, 2009.
  3. Li, G.; Wang, S.; and Passias, e. a.: Segmental in vivo vertebral motion during functional human lumbar spine activities. Eur Spine J, 18(7): 1013-21, 2009.
  4. Kozanek, M.; Wang, S.; Passias, P. G. et al.: Range of motion and orientation of the lumbar facet joints in vivo. Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 34(19): E689-96, 2009.>
  5. Xia, Q.; Wang, S.; Kozanek, M. et al.: In-vivo motion characteristics of lumbar bertebrae in sagittal and transverse planes. J Biomech, 43(10):1905-9, 2010.

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