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The Spinal Column Biomechanics Laboratory

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The Spinal Column Biomechanics Laboratory focuses on various spinal pathologies, and studies a wide array of tools and techniques to advance spinal surgery for patients. With a team of researchers, engineers and neurosurgeons, the Biomechanics Laboratory furthers the newest developments in applied and translational research.

Our facility, alongside the International Center for Orthopedic Advancement at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, is also a premier learning institute. The laboratory not only conducts novel biomechanical studies but also functions as a teaching facility for neurosurgical trainees interested in mastering highly specialized or technical procedures.

The Spinal Column Biomechanics Laboratory specializes in:

  1. Applied mechanics
  2. Force vector analysis
  3. Spinal instrumentation testing
  4. Development of novel spinal reconstructions

Our Research Team


Photo of Dr. Ali Bydon, M.D.

Bydon, Ali, M.D.

Professor of Neurosurgery
Co-Director of Neurosurgery Medical Student Education
Director of Neurosurgery Undergraduate Student Education
Director of Spinal Outcomes and Biomechanics Laboratory
Clinical Director of Spine Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Research Interests: Metastatic spinal tumors, Synovial cysts, Disparity in spine surgery, Surgical outcomes after lumbar spinal surgery, Surgical outcomes after cervical spinal surgery, Biomechanics of the spine and vertebral column rigidity, Surgical outcomes after thoracic spinal surgery


Dr. Risheng Xu

Risheng Xu, M.D., Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Seba Ramhmdani, M.D.

Our Funding

Research at the Spinal Column Biomechanics Laboratory is supported by generous donors like you. If you are interested in supporting our research program, please contact Kim Metzger by email at

To make a donation online, see our online giving form.