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Michael LaCour

Research Assistant Professor


2019 – Present
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2018 – 2019
Advanced Product Engineer
ODL, Inc
Zeeland, MI

2012 – 2017
Graduate Research Assistant
Center of Musculoskeletal Research
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN


  • Biomechanics
  • Design and analysis of total joint replacement systems
  • In vivo kinematic analysis of the human body
  • Development of mathematical models of the musculoskeletal system
  • Analyzing failure modes of total joint arthroplasty


PhD, 2017, Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA

M.S, 2016, Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA

B.S, 2012, Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

Professional Service

Pi Tau Sigma, Member

Tau Beta Pi, Member

American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Member

Journal Reviewer,  The Knee (2019 – Present)


Select Publications

  1. LaCour, Sharma, Carr, Komistek and Dennis. “Confirmation of Long-Term in vivo Bearing Mobility in Eight Rotating-Platform TKAs.” CORR. 472.9(2014):2766-773. Epub 2014 Apr 26
  2. LaCour, Komistek. “Fluoroscopic Analysis of Total Knee Replacement.”  Insall & Scott Surgery of the Knee. 6th Ed. Edited by W. Norman Scott, 2017
  3. DeCook, LaCour, Nachtrab, Khasian, Dessinger, Komistek. “In Vivo Determination and Comparison of THA Kinematics for Normal, Pre-Operative Degenerative, and Post-Operative Implanted Hips.”  Journal of Arthroplasty.  2020 Feb;35(2):588-596.
  4. LaCour, Khasian, Dennis, Komistek. “Knee Kinematics Following Total Knee Arthroplasty.” The Adult Knee.  2nd Ed. Harry E Rubash, April 2020
  5. Khasian M, LaCour, Coomer SC, Bolognesi M, Komistek RD. “In Vivo Knee Kinematics for a Cruciate Sacrificing TKA Having Both a Symmetrical Femoral and Tibial Component.” Journal of Arthroplasty. 2020.

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