Small Animal Internal Medicine

David C. Lin

David C. Lin

Associate Professor

Office Room: Wegner 211
Office Phone: (509)-335-7534


Current Positions

2001-Present Associate Professor, IPN, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
2008-Present Associate Professor, Chemical and Bio Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA


1987 B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1989 M.S. Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
1997 Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University

Prior Academic Appointments

Visiting Scientist, Stanford University, 2009-2010


My research laboratory investigates skeletal muscle function using multi-scale approaches, spanning protein level kinetics to whole body movements. We combine innovative experimental methods with computational modeling to integrate scales and elucidate how low level processes influence organismal motor behavior and vice versa. The applications include muscular dystrophy and ballistic jumping in kangaroo rats.

Honors and Awards

2006 Outstanding Teacher Award in Bioengineering, Washington State University
2007 Reid Miller Outstanding Teacher Award, Washington State University

Current Funding

Army Research Office Tuning of Musculoskeletal Mechanical Properties for Bipedal Hopping: Biological Mechanisms for either Efficiency versus Power (PI)

Select Publications

  • Lin, D.C., McGowan, C.P., Blum, K.P. and Ting, L.H. (2019) Yank: The time derivative of force is an important biomechanical variable in sensorimotor systems Journal of Experimental Biology doi:10.1242/jeb.180414
  • Javidi, M., McGowan, C.P., Schiele, N.R. and Lin, D.C. (2019) Tendons from kangaroo rats are exceptionally strong and tough Scientific Reports 9(1):8196 doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-44671-9 PMID: 31160640 PMCID: PMC6546749
  • Javidi, M., McGowan, C.P., and Lin, D.C. (2019) The contributions of individual muscle-tendon units to the plantarflexor group force-length properties Annals of Biomedical Engineering ;47(11):2168-2177. doi: 10.1007/s10439-019-02288-z. Epub 2019 May 20. PMID: 31111328
  • Schwaner M.J., Lin D.C., and McGowan C.P. (2018) Jumping mechanics of desert kangaroo rats Journal of Experimental Biology 221(Pt 22). pii: jeb186700. doi: 10.1242/jeb.186700. PMID: 30420493


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