BIOMS Faculty Grant Award

Dr. Elisa Arch has been awarded a $500,000, 3-year grant from the Department of Defense’ Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program. This project entitled “Objective Clinical Prescription of Passive-Dynamic Ankle-Foot Orthoses to Optimize Patient Outcomes”...

Interdisciplinary Solutions to Pediatric Mobility

UD group showcases innovative solutions for children with impaired mobility at Nemours’ event The Move to Learn Innovation (M2L) Lab in the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences (CHS) and the interaction design graduate program (College of Arts and...

BIOMS-PT Students Honored with Scholarship

Three University of Delaware Physical Therapy Biomechanics & Movemement Science Ph.D. students were recently awarded scholarships from the Foundation for Physical Therapy. They were among 24 physical therapists receiving $340,000 in scholarships. The Promotion of...

Kaminski honored by National Athletic Training Association

Tom Kaminski, professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology and director of UD’s Athletic Training Education Program, has received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2014 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer (MDAT) award. The award...

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. 


I chose UD because of the interdisciplinary focus of the BIOMS program and the research expertise of the faculty, as well as the opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses.

I found all of the courses to be relevant to the development and progression of my dissertation project!

Alum, Andrea Di Trani

What’s New in BIOMS

Interest in head impacts in sports puts UD research front and center

The NFL. The NCAA. U.S. Soccer. The news media. Hollywood. The topic of concussions in sports has reached an unprecedented fervor and the University of Delaware’s concussion research team, led by Tom Kaminski and Thomas Buckley, is conducting research that puts UD front and center. More

Professor invites patients to ‘Physical Activity Party

The University of Delaware’s Daniel White wants people to think about the entire physical activity spectrum, from dancing to going on a walk to playing Pokémon Go. Weight control, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, stronger bones, stronger muscles, improved mood – the benefits of physical activity are many, yet it is the most underutilized intervention by health professionals, which is somewhat surprising.

DRI is the leading national center for physical rehabilitation research

Tom Buchanan is director of the Delaware Rehabilitation Institute, which brings together faculty across the UD campus to study physical rehabilitation. His work in biomechanics has applications to osteoarthritis, stroke and sports medicine.

BIOMS Featured Research

A study at the University of Delaware is focused on teaching proper heading technique – along with neck and torso strengthening – to youth soccer players with the goal of decreasing risk of concussions. Tom Kaminski, director of Athletic Training education at UD, and Ph.D. student Victoria Wahlquist check on players throughout the season at practices and games to see how much they’re heading the ball and how heading is being coached.

The Brain Injury Association of Delaware offers grants through BrainStrong, a program to support the prevention of youth concussions. $2,500 in grant funds have enabled UD researchers to do significant pilot projects that are producing useful data for larger study. Visit for more info.