"My research in skeletal muscle modelling has allowed me to apply my skills from the classroom to a biological material that has evolved over millions of years."

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Student Profile: Ryan Konno

Applied Mathematics Master's student in the Faculty of Science

December 18, 2020
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Ryan is a masters student in the Faculty of Science working in applied mathematics and with the neuromuscular mechanics lab in the kinesiology department. He is from Penticton, BC, and did his undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics at the University of British Columbia. During his free time, he enjoys hiking, climbing, painting, and running.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I chose to come to SFU because of the great research that is being done here. The research opportunities here are very interdisciplinary and collaborative, which is important to me. I first came here during my undergrad for a USRA, and I was able to work with researchers from all over the world. The applied mathematics program here is great, and I believe it can provide me with lots of opportunities over the coming years.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AND/OR PROGRAM.

My research is in mathematical modelling of skeletal muscle, which is a key component of human movement. Skeletal muscle can be modelled using a three dimensional mathematical model, which can provide insights into its mechanics. I am interested in using mathematics to describe the physical processes. In particular, muscle involves many factors making it an interesting modelling problem. The applications of this work are wide ranging, however, one aspect of my research is looking into how neuromuscular diseases, such as cerebral palsy, can affect the structure and function of muscle. A better understanding of how these diseases will alter the material properties and stiffness of muscle can be understood using modelling techniques. My research will then be able to help guide future experiments investigating the causes of these muscular diseases.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

I am enjoying the opportunity to meet and work with such a diverse group of students. The classes are challenging, which allow me to practice and improve my problem solving skills. My research in skeletal muscle modelling has allowed me to apply my skills from the classroom to a biological material that has evolved over millions of years. The research in my lab here has allowed me to collaborate with renowned researchers in the field, and has made SFU a great place to study at.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR FUNDED AWARDS?

Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship

Contact Ryan: rkonno@sfu.ca