Dr. Delp is the Founding Chairman of the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford, and the Director of the National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research.
Dr. Delp's work draws on computational mechanics, medical imaging, and neuromuscular biology to improve treatments for neurologic and musculoskeletal diseases. He is best known for the development of highly realistic simulations of the musculoskeletal system. These simulations have been used to study neural control of movement, mechanisms of musculoskeletal diseases, and to design surgeries and medical devices.
Delp invented fundamental technology for surgical navigation that is now in wide clinical use. Together with Mark Schnitzer and their students, Delp developed novel microendoscopes that allow realtime in vivo imaging of human muscle microstructure. Together with Karl Deisseroth, Delp pioneered the use of optogenetics to control activity in the peripheral nervous system leading to important inventions for treating paralysis, spasticity and pain.