Lucian comes from a family of doctors on one side and engineers on the other. As a biophysicist, most of Lucian’s work is in biomechanics and radiation (specifically the countermeasure of the musculoskeletal wasting associated with microgravity exposure and the danger from cosmic and solar radiation on astronauts).
However, Lucian was directly responsible for the development of the bio-locomotion model of physical therapy and musculoskeletal training. This system is based on the principle of the application of vectored loads across the kinematic joints in the body along the specific 3-D load-bearing planes associated with the dynamics of locomotion.
Because the movements were mathematically determined from the engineering system built into the human body, this system of exercise provides uniquely efficient gains. These movement and load combinations can be tolerated by the body with nominal long-term stress and damage that is typically associated with activity based exercise training mechanics.
The bio-locomotion system is the basis of the vectored resistance training system built into the Exo-Trainer robot. After writing a book about a conversation with Lucian on September 17-18, 1996, Tom Purvis (one of the top Physical Therapists and exercise development consultants in the country) changed his fundamental approach to physical therapy and exercise to a bio-locomotion based system. Since then, the bio-locomotion concepts developed by Lucian have been adopted by the top leaders in the strength training and physical therapy industry.
After meeting with scientists and doctors at UCLA and JPL, Lucian created a medical version of his motorized Exo-Trainer system, which was the first machine capable of physical therapy accurate negative load application to a limb (moving a limb through a specified vector). This allowed it to be used in newly developed active locomotor manipulation therapy, which had been created for use in the PT of Christopher Reeve.
Lucian has also developed multiple devices for the medical community including several new designs for a disposable speculum that was requested by OBGyn practitioners. As part of his work with the Da Vinci robotic surgical system, Lucian developed a new surgical dam that could be used by real surgeons.
The preliminary design drawing for a new, more comfortable speculum based on the surgical dam Lucian built for the Da Vinci surgical robot.