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The Motion Analysis Lab provides a venue for teaching, research, and service in applied biomechanics, through the Department of Kinesiology which is located in the university's College of Health Science. Currently the lab supports an undergraduate concentration in Biomechanics for students majoring in Exercise Science, and both M.S. and Ph.D. specializations in Biomechanics.
Graduates in the News
Brian Campbell, Ph.D. (2000) named Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, College of Education
and Allied Professions, Bowling Green State University
Current Biomechanics Students
Anu Mukherjee, BPT, MS -
Though I am from Mumbai, India, I call Toledo OH my second home. I came to the University of Toledo in Fall 2005 to get a MS in Exercise Science. My journey transitioned into the doctoral program with future objective of balancing teaching and research. I got my Bachelors in Physical Therapy from Pune, India where I practiced for 2 years before I decided to pursue my Master's degree. With a background in Physical Therapy, I used my clinical experience as a foundation for ‘going back to the basics’ of human motion - kinesiology. My research lies in understanding balance control system in humans, with special interests in preventing falls in the elderly population. The title of my dissertation study is ‘Effect of secondary motor and cognitive tasks on timed up and go test in healthy older adults’. In future, I would like to expand my research to - 1) improve the assessment of the falling risks among elderly, 2) help in promoting healthy life by focusing on cognitive development, and 3) improve post fall rehabilitation interventions by inclusion of cognitive tasks.
Jake Lauver, BA, MS
Jake is a second year PhD student who received his undergraduate degree in Exercise
Science at Adrian College in Michigan. Following this he completed a Master of Science
degree in Exercise Physiology at Eastern Michigan University. He is particulalry
interested in strength training and
recently received his CSCS certification. As a doctoral student in biomechanics Jake's research interests include study of the effects of various exercise
modalities on select kinematic variables, muscle recruitment and timing and how these variables can effect performance. Following completion of his doctoral degree, Jake hopes to find a faculty position in Exercise Science in a college or university.
Ed Nyman, BA - Ursinus College
Ed is a third year PhD student, originally from New Jersey, who graduated from Ursinus College. After completing his undergraduate degree in exercise science, he worked as a Dicvision I women's gymnastic coach. Following that he has been a successful entreprenuer in the fitness, strength and conditioning, and gymnastics coaching fields. Ed's research has focused primarily on the role of vision as a factor influencing movment kinematics and kinetics, especially as it relates to predisposition to ACL injury. Ed's goal is to teach and conduct research in a college or university Exercise Science program.
Amanda Murray, BS - Bowling Green State University, DPT - University of Toledo
Amanda is a third year PhD student who recently received the Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from the University of Toledo. As a practicing physical therapist, she is particularly interested in the role that biomechanical factors play in sports injury, as well as in studying the neuromusclular and biomechanical adpataions to power training that occur the elderly. Upon graduation Amanda hopes to teach and conduct research in a department of Physical Therapy.
Stephanie Madercic, BS - University of Toledo
Stephanie is first year student in the department's Master of Science in Exercise Science program. As an avid runner, she is particularly interested in biomechanical factors associated with running footware and how these may influence the probability of over-use injury. Her thesis research is focusing on the kinematic changes that occur in runners when alterations in their running technique are imposed upon them. Upon completion of her MS degree Stephanie hopes to pursue a doctorate in biomechanics and ultimately work in the running shoe industry conducting research.
Recent Graduates and Current Positions
Minal Bhadane, Ph.D. (Bioengineering), Post-doctoral Research Associate, College of Medicine, Baylor University
Jenna Encheff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Findlay
Peggy Arnos, Ph.D., Lecturer in Exercise Science, Department of Kinesiology, University of Toledo
Steven Tucker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Central Arkansas
Josh Baker, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Findlay University