BIOMS Faculty

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Robert E. Akins

Biological Sciences
A. I. duPont Hospital for Children

Research Interests
  • Human cardiac tissue engineering
  • Cell and developmental biology of the mammalian heart
  • Advanced electrophoretic techniques for analysis of the proteome
  • Interactions between nerve and muscle in children with cerebral palsy
Elisa S. Arch

Assistant Professor
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
340 Tower at STAR

Research Interests
  • Adaptive capacity of the human musculoskeletal system during movement tasks
  • Interaction between the musculoskeletal system and prosthetic and orthotic devices
  • Optimization of the design and prescription of prosthetic and orthotic devices
Anjana Bhat

Associate Professor
Physical Therapy
210HH Health Science Complex

Research Interests
  • National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development
    RO3 Award
  • National Institutes of Mental Health
    R33 Award
  • Autism Speaks
    Pilot Treatment Award
  • UConn Foundation
    UConn Large Grant
Thomas S. Buchanan

Director DE Rehabilitation Institute; Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
201B Health Science Complex

Research Interests
  • Biomedical Engineering
    Engineering: musculoskeletal modeling, neural control of movement, patient-specific modeling using MRI and ultrasound, muscle mechanics. Medicine: orthopaedics, radiology, neurology, rehabilitation.
  • Biomechanics
    Mechanical models of how muscles generate forces and how such forces affect loads in cartilage and ligaments; applications to osteoarthritis, stroke and sports medicine.
  • Life & Health Sciences
    Director of the Delaware Rehabilitation Institute (www.udel.edu/dri), which brings together faculty across campus to study physical rehabilitation.
Thomas A. Buckley

Associate Professor
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
349 Tower at STAR

Research Interests
  • Broad based multidisciplinary concussion research program which primarily focuses on:
    • Concussion: 1) Impairments in postural control/balance following a concussion, 2) Determination of post-concussion recovery, 3) The relationship between post-concussion return to participation and associated sequel, and 4) Athletic Trainers concussion management practice patterns.
    • Postural Control/Balance: Primary interest here involves the role of Dual Task cognitive challenges on performance of balance testing.
Roxana G. Burciu

Assistant Professor
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
347 Tower at STAR

Research Interests
  • Brain imaging and motor behavior in healthy aging and movement disorders.
    – Risk of Parkinson’s disease

    – Motor phenotyping in Parkinson’s disease

    – Cerebellar disorders
    – Neuroimaging and rehabilitation
Katie Butera

Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy
210KK STAR Health Sciences Complex

Research Interests
The overarching goal of my lab is to conduct high-impact, translational clinical research to optimize health and functional outcomes for individuals with chronic pain and disability. Aims of this work include:

1) understanding the neural mechanisms underlying pain and movement interactions;

2) validating performance-based measures for use in pain populations;

3) developing and testing movement-based interventions to reduce pain and improve function; and

4) implementing effective pain rehabilitation approaches in real-world clinical settings. 

Joshua Cashaback

Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
201J Health Science Complex

Research Interests
  • Neuromechanics and Control of Human Movement
  • Neuroplasticity and Sensorimotor Learning

Stephanie Cone

Assistant Professor
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
201K Health Science Complex

Research Interests
  • Developing and implementing novel techniques for structure-function assessments in musculoskeletal tissues such as tendons and ligaments. Approaches include robotic biomechanical testing, MRI and ultrasound imaging, and wearable biomechanical sensors.
Jeremy Crenshaw

Assistant Professor
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
201U Health Science Complex

Research Interests
  • The long-term goal of my research is to extend the health span of patient populations through interventions to reduce the incidence of falls, lessen the severity of fall injury, and enable physical activity.
    • My studies often employ biomechanical analyses of gait and fall recoveries.
    • My research is applicable to many ambulatory patient populations, including older adults, individuals with lower-extremity amputations, and individuals with chronic stroke.
David Ebaugh

Physical Therapy
210KK Health Science Complex

Research Interests
The goal of my research is to better understand underlying neuromuscular and musculoskeletal mechanisms that contribute to the development of symptomatic rotator cuff disease across different populations including survivors of breast cancer, overhead athletes, and manual wheelchair users. It is my hope that improved knowledge of underlying mechanisms will lead to improvements in examination procedures as well as intervention and prevention strategies
Nancy Getchell

Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
157 Human Performance Lab

Research Interests
  • Development of neuromotor coordination and control in children with autism, learning disabilities, and developmental coordination disorder
  • The relationship among motor proficiency, physical activity, and health related fitness in pre-school aged children
Geoff Gustavsen

Associate Professor
Student Health Services
139 Bob Carpenter Center

Jocelyn Hafer

Assistant Professor
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
338 Tower at STAR

Research Interests
The overall aim of the Gait Biomechanics Laboratory is to understand the mechanisms responsible for changes in gait due to age, pathology, injury, or exercise. Understanding how changes in muscle strength, power, or control affect gait biomechanics will enable the development of targeted interventions to help adults maintain mobility across the lifespan. We examine the role of muscle function and behavior in gait biomechanics by testing the response of gait to transient, fatigue-induced changes in muscle strength and by studying how long-term physical activity or gait behavior (as measured in the real world) relates to gait biomechanics and joint loading.
Martha Hall

Director of Innovation
College of Health Sciences
Tower at STAR, 2nd Floor

Research Interests
  • The primary mission of the Innovation Health & Design Lab is to improve health outcomes and quality of life for various patient populations through design.
  • Wearables include clothing, wearable technology, protective equipment, and rehabilitative or medical devices.
  • Our 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.
Gregory Hicks

Deputy Dean
College of Health Sciences
210E Health Science Complex

Research Interests
Interventions for low back pain, rehabilitation strategies focused on trunk muscle function, and understanding factors that impact body composition and physical function in older adults.
Jill Higginson

Associate Dean
Mechanical Engineering
201G Health Science Complex

Research Interests
  • Biomedical Engineering
    muscle coordination; normal and pathological movement; experimental and simulation studies; musculoskeletal modeling
  • Biomechanics
    Muscle coordination of normal and pathological movements; upper and lower extremity function; musculoskeletal modeling and simulation
  • Life & Health Sciences
    osteoarthritis; stroke; rehabilitation science
Jennifer Horney

Director & Professor
731 STAR Tower

Research Interests
  • Research focuses on the impacts of natural disasters on public health
  • Linkages between disaster planning and the actions communities and individuals take to prepare, respond and recover.
John J. Jeka

Chairperson & Professor
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
201T Health Science Complex

Research Interests
  • Control of Upright Balance during Standing/Walking
  • Multisensory Processing for Balance Control
  • Virtual Reality
  • Neurological Conditions that Lead to Balance Deficits
  • Concussion, Parkinson’s Disease, Vestibular Loss, Cerebral Palsy, Aging
Curtis Johnson

Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
201K Health Science Complex

Research Interests
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Elastography
  • Brain Tissue Mechanics
  • Neuroimaging
Thomas W. Kaminski

Professor; Director of Athletic Training Education
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
159 Human Performance Lab

Research Interests
  • Chronic Ankle Instability
  • Effects of repetitive head impacts in soccer players across the spectrum
  • Functional performance and recovery assessment in the athletic population
Ashutosh Khandha

Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
303 Spencer Lab

Research Interests
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and surgery
  • Knee gait biomechanics
  • Neuromusculoskeletal modeling
  • Finite element modeling
  • Semi-quantitative and quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Spine biomechanics
Christopher A. Knight

Associate Professor
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
344 Tower at STAR

Research Interests
  • Effects of Parkinson’s disease and aging on the neural control of movement
  • Exercise to improve neuromuscular function in people with Parkinson’s disease and older adults
  • Muscular force control at the level of the motor unit
  • Neuromuscular research methodology