Torin K. Clark, PhD
Vestibular System Research
Jenks Vestibular Physiological Laboratory
Torin K. Clark received his PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics with a focus on Humans in Aerospace from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013. While there he studied the effect of altered gravity on human spatial orientation perception and control with a focus on the vestibular system. An application of this work is for astronauts who experience altered gravity environments during space exploration missions, causing misperception of orientation, sensorimotor impairment, and motion sickness. As part of this work, he extended a mathematical model of semicircular canal and otolith, dynamic integration to predict human orientation perception in altered gravity. At MEEI, Torin is a National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) First Award (post-doctoral) fellow working in the Jenks Vestibular Physiology Laboratory. His current research focuses on how sensory noise, such as in the vestibular system, limits sensorimotor adaptation to altered environments. This involves fun experiments on a human-rated centrifuge! His interests include skiing powder, hiking tall mountains, and watching and playing sports!
Research Areas: vestibular system, bioastronautics, sensory integration, sensory adaptation, mathematical modeling