Michael  MacLellan 

Assistant Professor

Bachelor's Degree(s): University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Master's Degree: University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
PhD: Universite' Laval, Quebec, Canada
Phone: 225 578-3312
Email: michaelm@lsu.edu
Office: 81 Huey P Long Fieldhouse


Michael J. MacLellan, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University. Dr. MacLellan came to LSU after completing postdoctoral training in the Laboratory of Neuromotor Physiology at Fondazione Santa Lucia in Rome (Italy). He completed Bachelor of Science (2004) and Master of Science (2006) degrees in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo (Canada). In 2011, Dr. MacLellan completed his doctoral degree at Université Laval (Canada) in experimental medicine/rehabilitation. His graduate degree work focused on the control of human locomotion including areas such as lower limb segment coordination, pathological adaptations, obstacle avoidance, and dynamic stability.

Currently, Dr. MacLellan’s research program involves the integration of biomechanics and neuroscience to further our understanding of how the central nervous system controls human locomotion and how it is able to adapt locomotion to the environment. In addition, he is interested in the fundamental motor patterns that are displayed during locomotion and studies how children develop these patterns as well as how these change during pathological movement. He is also interested in determining how these patterns are re-learned during rehabilitation and if this information can be used to maximize mobility in pathological populations.  

Currently Teaching

KIN 3514 – Biomechanical Basis of Kinesiology

Selected Publications

MacLellan, M.J., Richards, C.L., Fung, J. and McFadyen, B.J. (2013). Use of segmental coordination analysis of nonparetic and paretic limbs during obstacle clearance in community-dwelling persons after stroke. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 5(5): 381-391.

MacLellan, M.J., Ivanenko, Y.P., Catavitello, G., La Scaleia, V. and Lacquaniti, F. (2013). Coupling of upper and lower limb pattern generators during human crawling at different arm/leg speed combinations. Experimental Brain Research. 225(2): 217-225.

MacLellan, M.J., Qaderdan, K., Koehestanie, P., Duysens, J. and McFadyen, B.J. (2013). Arm movements during split-belt walking reveal predominant patterns of interlimb coupling. Human Movement Science. 32(1): 79-90.

MacLellan, M.J. and McFadyen, B.J. (2013). Proximal lower limb muscle energetics and the adaptation of segment elevation angle phasing for obstacle avoidance. Gait & Posture. 37(2): 274-279.

Ivanenko, Y.P., Cappellini, G., Solopova, I., Grishin, A., MacLellan, M.J., Poppele, R., Lacquaniti, F. (2013). Plasticity and modular control of locomotor patterns in neurological disorders with motor deficits. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. Sept. 10; 7:123.

MacLellan, M.J., Ivanenko, Y.P., Cappellini, G., Sylos Labini, F. and Lacquaniti, F. (2012). Features of hand-foot crawling behavior in human adults. Journal of Neurophysiology. 107(1): 114-125.

MacLellan, M.J., Dupré, N., and McFadyen, B.J. (2011). Increased obstacle clearance in people with ARCA-1 results in part from voluntary coordination changes between the thigh and shank segments. The Cerebellum. 10(4): 732-744.

MacLellan, M.J. and McFadyen, B.J. (2010). Segmental control for adaptive locomotor adjustments during obstacle clearance in healthy young adults. Experimental Brain Research. 202(2): 307-318.

Buckley, J.G., Panesar, G.K., MacLellan, M.J., Pacey, I. and Barrett, B.T. (2010). Changes to Control of Adaptive Gait in Individuals with Long-standing Reduced Stereoacuity. Investigative Opthalmology & Visual Science. 51(5): 2487-2495.

Buckley, J.G., MacLellan, M.J., Tucker, M.W., Scally, A.J. and Bennett, S.J. (2008). Visual guidance of landing behaviour when stepping down to a new level. Experimental Brain Research. 184(2): 223-232.  

MacLellan, M.J. and Patla, A.E. (2006). Adaptations of walking pattern on a compliant surface to regulate dynamic stability. Experimental Brain Research. 173(30): 521-530.

MacLellan, M.J. and Patla, A.E. (2006). Stepping over an obstacle on a compliant travel surface reveals adaptive and maladaptive changes in locomotion patterns. Experimental Brain Research. 173(3): 531-538.