Richard L. Lieber, PhD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Richard L. Lieber

Richard L. Lieber, PhD

  • Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President, RIC
  • Professor, PM&R, NU



Education, Residency and Internship


University of California, Davis, BS, Physiology
University of California, San Diego, MBA


University of California, Davis, PhD, Zoology (Biophysics, Electrical Engineering minor)

Professional Memberships

American College of Sports Medicine (Fellow)

American Physiological Society

American Society of Biomechanics (Fellow)

Biophysical Society

Fulbright Association (Life Member)

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Orthopaedic Research Society

Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America

Society for Neuroscience

Western Orthopaedic Association

Honors & Awards


Founders Award, American College of Sports Medicine (Southwest Chapter), Irvine, CA.


Gayle G. Arnold Award, American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Minneapolis, MN.

Kappa Delta Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


Distinguished Alumnus, UC, Davis, College of Letters and Sciences.

Fellow, American Society for Biomechanics.


Intl Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) Research Award, Göteborg, Sweden. 


Giovanni Borelli Award, American Society of Biomechanics, August.

The Göteborg University Medal, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, June.

Fulbright Scholarship (Sweden).


Nicolas Andry Award, American Bone and Joint Surgeons, Vancouver, B C, Canada, May.


Selected publications


Dayanidhi, S. and R.L. Lieber. (2014). Role of skeletal muscle satellite cells in muscle growth, repair and developmental disorders. Muscle & Nerve 50:723-732. PMID: 25186345.

Mathewson, M.A. and R.L. Lieber. (2014). Skeletal muscle adaptations to cerebral palsy. Phys. Med. Rehabil. Clin. of N. Am, (in press).


Lieber, R.L. and S.R. Ward. (2013). Cellular mechanisms of tissue fibrosis. 4. Structural and functional consequences of skeletal muscle fibrosis. Am. J. Physiol. 305:C241-C252. PMID: 23761627.

Smith, L.R., G. Meyer and R.L. Lieber. (2013). Systems analysis of biological networks in skeletal muscle function. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Syst Biol Med. 5:55-71.


Lieber, R, S. Ward, L. Frank and S. Schenk. (2012). New opportunities and novel paradigms to support neuromuscular research. Phys. Med. Rehab. Clin N. Am. 23:95-105.


Gillies, A.R. and R.L. Lieber. (2011). Structure and function of the skeletal muscle extracellular matrix. Muscle & Nerve 44:318-331.

Lieber, R.L. and S.R. Ward. (2011). Skeletal muscle design strategies for controlling movement. Phil. Trans. B. 366:1466-1476.


Lieber, R.L. (2008). The biology and mechanics of skeletal muscle: what hand surgeons need to know when tensioning a tendon transfer. J. Hand Surg. [Am.] 33:1655-1656. PMID18984353.

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