Mukul Talaty, Ph.D.

Mukul Talaty Headshot
Assistant Professor, Engineering
Rydal Building, 217
Penn State Abington
0119 Sutherland Building
Abington, PA 19001

Teaching Interests and Courses Taught

Engineering Design 100
Engineering Mechanics 211, 212, 213
Introductory Statistics
Computer Simulation 


I have been involved in human biomechanics research for over 20 years. Specifically, I study human walking - in the context of pathological gait and how to correct it. This involves the use of assistive devices - such as ankle foot braces, shoe inserts, lower extremity prosthetics and exoskeletons. This has included doing human subject studies as well as computer simulation on high fidelity neuromusculoskeletal models. I conduct my research at MossRehab at Einstein Elkins Park.

Representative Publications

Esquenazi, A., Talaty, M. C., & Jayaraman, A. (2017). Powered Exoskeletons for Walking Assistance in Persons with Central Nervous System Injuries: A Narrative Review. PM&R Journal, 9(1), 46-62. ISBN/ISSN #/Case #/DOI #: 1934-1482

Talaty, M., Patel, S., & Esquenazi, A. (2016). A Randomized Comparison of the Biomechanical Effect of Two Commercially Available Rocker Bottom Shoes to a Conventional Athletic Shoe During Walking in Healthy Individuals. J Foot Ankle Surg, 55(4), 772-6. ISBN/ISSN #/Case #/DOI #: 1067-2516

Spinelli, BA, Wattananon, P, Silfies, S, Talaty, M, and Ebaugh, D. “Using kinematics and a dynamical systems approach to enhance understanding of clinically observed aberrant movement patterns”, Manual Therapy (2014), doi: 10.1016/j.math.2014.07.012.

Thangal, S., Talaty, M. and Balasubramanian, S. “Assessment of Gait Sensitivity Norm as a Predictor of Risk of Falling During Walking in a Neuromusculoskeletal Model.” Med Eng Phys. 2013 Oct; 35(10):1483-9.

Talaty, M. and Esquenazi, A. “Determination of Dynamic Prosthetic Alignment using Forceline Visualization.” J. Prosthetics and Orthotics. 2013; 25(1):15-21.

Esquenazi, A., Talaty, M., et al. “The ReWalkTM Powered Exoskeleton to Restore Ambulatory Function to Individuals with Thoracic Level Motor Complete Spinal Cord Injuries.” American J. PM&R. 2012 Nov;91(11):911-21 *American Academy of Physiatrist Excellence in Research Writing / Best Paper Award for 2012

Patel M, Talaty M, Ounpuu S. The impact of adding trunk motion to the interpretation of the role of joint moments during normal walking. J Biomech. 2007;40(16):3563-9

Ochi F, Esquenazi A, Hirai B, and Talaty M. Temporal-Spatial Features of Gait after Traumatic Brain Injury. J. Head Trauma Rehabilitation 14(2):105-115. 1999

Esquenazi, A., Talaty, M., Seliktar, R., and Hirai, B. Dynamic EMG During Walking as a Objective Measurement of Lower Limb Orthotic Alignment, J. Basic & Applied Myology, 7(2): 103-110, 1997

Book Chapters

Esquenazi, A., & Talaty, M. (2017). Assessment and orthotic management of gait dysfunction in individuals with traumatic brain injury. Atlas of Orthoses and Assistive Devices, 5th edition

Esquenazi, A., & Talaty, M. (2017). Future trends and research in orthoses. Atlas of Orthoses and Assistive Devices, 5th edition

Esquenazi, A. Talaty, M. Gait Analysis: Technology and Clinical Application. In Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 4th ed. R.L. Braddom (edt.) Saunders, Elsevier Inc., Philadelphia, PA. Section I, chapter 5; 99-116, 2011.

Talaty M, Patel M, Esquenazi A and Klein M. The effect of variation of neuromusculoskeletal model control parameters on performance during simulated human walking, in Computer Simulation of Human Movement. R. Smith, ed. 2007.

Esquenazi, A. and Talaty, M. Future Trends and Research in Orthotics. In AAOA Atlas of Orthoses and Assistive Devices, 4th ed. J. Hsu, J. Michael, & J. Fisk, eds. Mosby, Philadelphia, PA. Section 6, Chapter 51: 633-636, 2008.

Talaty, M.C. Computer Modeling and Simulation in Gait Analysis. PM&R: State of the Art Reviews. 16(2): 339-360, 2002

Esquenazi, A. and Talaty, M; (2000). The Effect of Orthoses on Gait: An Integrated Biomechanical Perspective. Pediatric Gait: A New Millennium in Clinical Care and Motion Analysis Technology. G. F. Harris and P. A. Smith. New Jersey, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.: 225

Esquenazi, A. and Talaty, M. (2000). Normal and Pathological Gait Analysis. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: The Complete Approach. M. Grabois, et al. (Eds). Malden, Massachusetts, Blackwell Science, Inc.: 2002

Esquenazi, A. and Talaty, M. C. (2000). Gait Analysis, Technology and Clinical Applications. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Braddom. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders: 93-108

Ph D, Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University

MS, Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University

BS, Engineering Science, The Pennsylvania State University