Jason Kutch, PhD

Assistant Professor

(323) 442-2932



Applied Mathematical Physiology

Mailing Address:

1540 Alcazar St., CHP 155, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9006

Current Research:

Professional Interests
Understanding brain and spinal cord networks controlling muscle fibers with neuroimaging, electrophysiology, and mathematical models; optimizing rehabilitation for restoring normal control of muscle in individuals with chronic pain.
  • Princeton University, B.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, 2001
  • University of Michigan, Ph.D., Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics, 2008
  • University of Southern California, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Biomedical Engineering, 2010
Selected Publications
  • Kutch JJ, Valero-Cuevas FJ, "Challenges and new approaches to proving the existence of muscle synergies of neural origin", In Review
  • Inouye JM, Kutch JJ, Valero-Cuevas FJ. "A Comprehensive Computational Framework to Evaluate Grasp Quality of Tendon-Driven Hands with Arbitrary Topology" In Review
  • Kutch JJ, Valero-Cuevas FJ, "Muscle redundancy does not imply robustness to muscle dysfunction", Journal of Biomechanics, 44:1264-1270, 2011.
  • Kutch JJ, Kuo AD, Rymer WZ, "Extraction of individual muscle mechanical action from endpoint force". Journal of Neurophysiology 103: 3535-3546, 2010.
  • (All authors contributed equally), Valero-Cuevas FJ, Hoffmann H, Kurse MU, Kutch JJ, Theodorou EA, "Computational models for neuromuscular function" (Invited review), IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, 2:110-135, 2009.
  • Kutch JJ, Kuo AD, Bloch AM, Rymer WZ "Endpoint force fluctuations reveal flexible rather than synergistic patterns of muscle cooperation". Journal of Neurophysiology 100: 2455-2471, 2008.
    • Cover article in November 2008 issue
    • Article of outstanding interest in review by Tresch MC and Jarc A, "The case for and against muscle synergies". Current Opinion in Neurobiology 2009, 19:1-7. 2
  • Kutch JJ, Suresh NL, Bloch AM, Rymer WZ, "Analysis of firing rate and synchronization on spike-triggered averaging of multidirectional motor unit torque", Journal of Computational Neuroscience, 22(3): 347-361, 2007.
  • Kutch JJ, Buchanan TS, "Human elbow joint torque is linearly encoded in electromyograhpic signals from multiple muscles", Neuroscience Letters, 311(2): 97-100, 2001.