Moving Forward with Autism

One in 40 children falls within the spectrum of disorders known as autism. These children can struggle with motor and communication skills. Anjana Bhat, an associate professor in the Biomechanics and Movement Science Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, has been...

From the Minds of Henswear

An active exoskeletal garment, developed by faculty across UD, would help restore upper-body mobility for stroke survivors. Mechanical actuators within the device push and pull on cables that run through the sleeves, serving as artificial ligaments, muscles and...

Bringing Inclusion to Innovation

For Martha Hall, Director of Innovation, clothing is more than just something that we wear. From compression garments for cancer patients to wearable devices for injured athletes and adaptive apparel for children with Down syndrome, UD research is making fashion...

KAAP Lectures at the Indian Institute of Science

Dr. Jeka, chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, recently presented two seminar talks at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), in Bangalore, India. IISc is considered the leading science university in India. He was invited as part...

Best Student Poster at the Healthy and Active Children Congress

BIOMS PhD Student Reza Koiler won one of 5 Best Student Poster Awards at the Healthy and Active Children Congress conference held September 11 - 14, 2019 in Verona Italy. This is a joint conference between the International Motor Development Research Consortium  and...

Welcome to the Biomechanics and Movement Sciences Interdisciplinary Program

The mission of the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomechanics & Movement Science (BIOMS) is to advance the understanding of complex human systems through interaction of experts who cross traditional divisions of academic study. We strive to train outstanding researchers who will contribute to the advancement of health science through translational and interdisciplinary research. Research findings are disseminated through peer reviewed publications in high impact journals and presentations at national and international conferences. The BIOMS program comprises faculty from the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and Health Sciences who use an interdisciplinary approach to research and graduate education. 

What’s New in BIOMS

Movement with (artificial) Muscle


A team of researchers from the College of Health Sciences has received nearly $200,000 in start-up funding from the University City Science Center in Philadelphia to develop a motorized ankle foot device for children with cerebral palsy that includes a novel artificial muscle. The UD team is among four teams selected for funding from among 50 applicants from 12 institutions in the QED Proof-of-Concept Program, designed to help researchers commercialize their work. The grant, equally funded through the QED program and UD, will be used to develop a prototype of the medical device.

The funded project will be led by Ahad Behboodi, a doctoral candidate in UD’s biomechanics and movement science program and the project’s principal investigator. Project co-PI’s include Samuel Lee, Behboodi’s advisor and associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy; Martha Hall, director of the Innovation for Design Lab; Elisa Arch, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology; and Prabhpreet Gill, licensing associate in the University’s Tech Transfer Office, which is housed in the Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships (OEIP).

Read more in this UDaily article.

UD’s Innovation Health & Design Lab


The primary mission of the Innovation Health & Design Lab in the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences is to improve health outcomes and quality of life for various patient populations through design. Led by Martha Hall, the lab’s research starts with patients and empathy, meeting with members of the community to design, develop and test wearables that will enhance patient health and overall wellbeing. Wearables include clothing, wearable technology, protective equipment and rehabilitative or medical devices. Its goal is to design wearables that address the broad spectrum of patients’ needs and to highlight the importance of patient-centered design in health sciences.

Delaware Rehabilitation Institute: Leading National Center for Physical Rehabilitation Research


The Delaware Rehabilitation Institute, directed by Tom Buchanan, finds innovative and improved ways to help people recover from injury and disease by bringing together biologists, clinical scientists, engineers, and policy experts to critically address the issues faced by those with disabilities.

BIOMS Featured Research


University of Delaware Professor Michele Lobo has designed a shirt like no other–the Playskin Lift exoskeleton that helps babies like Sarah move their arms, build their muscles, and ultimately enjoy the kind of freedom and independence that all children crave.