Susanne Lipfert

Post Doctoral Research Fellow (DFG), EPFL Biorobotics Laboratory (BioRob)


Susanne Lipfert graduated from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, with a Diploma degree in Sports Science (2001) and holds a PhD in Biomechanics (2010) received at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany.

She joined the Biorobotics Laboratory in August 2015 as a post doctoral research fellow funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Her project seeks to investigate the release of a catapult found within the dynamics of the push-off during human walking. A simulated locomotion model is the platform to test specific hypotheses evolving from experimental data analysis, to compare model and human data, and to reproduce the catapult dynamics.



  • Lipfert, S. W., Günther, M., Renjewski, D., Seyfarth, A., 2014. Impulsive ankle push-off powers leg swing in human walking. J Exp Biol. 217(8):1218-1228. doi:10.1242/jeb.097345.
  • Lipfert, S. W., Günther, M., Renjewski, D., Grimmer, S., Seyfarth, A., 2012. A model-experiment comparison of system dynamics for human walking and running. J Theor Biol. 292: 11-17. doi:10.1016/j.humov.2011.09.004.
  • Schaarschmidt, M., Lipfert, S. W., Meyer-Gratz, C., Scholle, H.-C., Seyfarth, A., 2012. Functional gait asymmetry of unilateral transfemoral amputees. Hum Mov Sci. 31: 907-917. doi: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2011.09.021.
  • Maus, H. M., Lipfert, S. W., Groß, M., Rummel, J., Seyfarth, A., 2010. Upright human gait did not provide a major mechanical challenge for our ancestors. Nature Commun. 1: 70. doi:10.1038/ncomms1073.
  • Lipfert, S. W., 2010. Kinematic and dynamic similarities between walking and running. Verlag Dr. Kovac, Hamburg, ISBN: 978-3-8300-5030-8.
  • Blum, Y., Lipfert, S. W., Rummel, J., Seyfarth, A., 2010. Swing leg control in human running. Bioinsp. & Biomim. 5(2): 026006. doi:10.1088/1748-3182/5/2/026006.
  • Blum Y., Lipfert S. W., Seyfarth A., 2009. Effective Leg Stiffness in Running. J Biomech, 42(16): 2400-2405. doi:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2009.06.040.
  • Lipfert, S. W., Günther, M., Seyfarth, A., 2009. Diverging times in movement analysis. J Biomech. 42(6): 786-788. doi:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2008.12.020.
  • McLean, S. G., Lipfert, S. W., van den Bogert, A. J., 2004. Effect of gender and defensive opponent on the biomechanics of sidestep cutting. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 36: 1008-1016. doi:10.1016/S1440-2440(05)80056-8.