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Meghan Vidt

Assistant Professor


  • Biomedical Engineering
  • College of Medicine

29 C Recreation Building


Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Biomechanics and Bioengineering, Computational and Experimental Fluid Dynamics

Interest Areas:

Musculoskeletal, Shoulder, Upper Limb, Medical Imaging, Orthopaedic




  • BS, Biomedical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2006
  • Ph D, Biomedical Engineering, Virgina Tech - Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, 2014
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, 2015


Journal Articles

  • A C Santago, Meghan E Vidt, X Li, C J Tuohy, G G Poehling, M T Freehill and K R Saul, 2017, "Shoulder Strength Requirements for Upper Limb Functional Tasks: Do age and Rotator Cuff Tear Status Matter?", Journal of applied biomechanics, pp. 1-25
  • K A Meszaros, Meghan E Vidt and C R Dickerson, 2017, "The effects of hand force variation on shoulder muscle activation during submaximal exertions.", International journal of occupational safety and ergonomics : JOSE, pp. 1-11
  • Jacquelyn M. Maciukiewicz, Angelica E. Lang, Meghan E Vidt, Sylvain G. Grenier and Clark R. Dickerson, 2017, "Characterization of cashier shoulder and low back muscle demands", International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 59, pp. 80–91
  • A L Nadon, Meghan E Vidt, A Y Chow and C R Dickerson, 2016, "The spatial dependency of shoulder muscular demands during upward and downward exertions.", Ergonomics, 59, (10), pp. 1294-1306
  • X Li, A C Santago, 2nd, Meghan E Vidt and K R Saul, 2016, "Analysis of effects of loading and postural demands on upper limb reaching in older adults using statistical parametric mapping.", Journal of biomechanics, 49, (13), pp. 2806-2816
  • Meghan E Vidt, A C Santago, 2nd, E J Hegedus, A P Marsh, C J Tuohy, G G Poehling, M T Freehill, M E Miller and K R Saul, 2016, "Can self-report instruments of shoulder function capture functional differences in older adults with and without a rotator cuff tear?", Journal of electromyography and kinesiology : official journal of the International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiology, 29, pp. 90-9
  • A C Santago, 2nd, Meghan E Vidt, C J Tuohy, G G Poehling, M T Freehill, J H Jordan, R A Kraft and K R Saul, 2016, "Quantitative Analysis of Three-Dimensional Distribution and Clustering of Intramuscular Fat in Muscles of the Rotator Cuff.", Annals of biomedical engineering, 44, (7), pp. 2158-67
  • Meghan E Vidt, A C Santago, 2nd, A P Marsh, E J Hegedus, C J Tuohy, G G Poehling, M T Freehill, M E Miller and K R Saul, 2016, "The effects of a rotator cuff tear on activities of daily living in older adults: A kinematic analysis.", Journal of biomechanics, 49, (4), pp. 611-7
  • Meghan E Vidt, A C Santago, 2nd, C J Tuohy, G G Poehling, M T Freehill, R A Kraft, A P Marsh, E J Hegedus, M E Miller and K R Saul, 2016, "Assessments of Fatty Infiltration and Muscle Atrophy From a Single Magnetic Resonance Image Slice Are Not Predictive of 3-Dimensional Measurements.", Arthroscopy : the journal of arthroscopic & related surgery : official publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Arthroscopy Association, 32, (1), pp. 128-39
  • K R Saul, Meghan E Vidt, G E Gold and W M Murray, 2015, "Upper Limb Strength and Muscle Volume in Healthy Middle-Aged Adults.", Journal of applied biomechanics, 31, (6), pp. 484-91
  • K R Saul, X Hu, C M Goehler, Meghan E Vidt, M Daly, A Velisar and W M Murray, 2015, "Benchmarking of dynamic simulation predictions in two software platforms using an upper limb musculoskeletal model.", Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, 18, (13), pp. 1445-58
  • Eric J. Hegedus, Meghan E Vidt and Daniel T. Tarara, 2014, "The best combination of physical performance and self-report measures to capture function in three patient groups", Physical Therapy Reviews, 19, (3), pp. 196–203
  • M Daly, Meghan E Vidt, J D Eggebeen, W G Simpson, M E Miller, A P Marsh and K R Saul, 2013, "Upper extremity muscle volumes and functional strength after resistance training in older adults.", Journal of aging and physical activity, 21, (2), pp. 186-207
  • Meghan E Vidt, M Daly, M E Miller, C C Davis, A P Marsh and K R Saul, 2012, "Characterizing upper limb muscle volume and strength in older adults: a comparison with young adults.", Journal of biomechanics, 45, (2), pp. 334-41

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The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

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