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Samuel Lee

Associate Professor; Director, BIOMS
Physical Therapy
slee@udel.edu
302.831.2450
210U Health Science Complex

Research Interests
Improve the function of individuals with central nervous system injury through the application of electrical stimulation to activate paralyzed or weakened muscles.  To this end, I am interested in the use of electrical stimulation as a tool to study the physiologic characteristics of muscle and the central and peripheral nervous systems; to be applied as a rehabilitative or training method to improve muscle function and strength; and as a method to produce functional movement (FES) of impaired muscles.
Michele Lobo

Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy
malobo@udel.edu
302.831.8526
210K Health Science Complex

Research Interests
  • Investigation of the role of perceptual-motor experiences in learning and problem-solving
  • Design of early, effective interventions and rehabilitation devices to advance development for infants and children with delays
Xin (Lucas) Lu

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
xlu@udel.edu
302.831.2401
225 Spencer Lab

Research Interests
  • Biomedical Engineering
    Soft Tissue Biomechanics; Cartilage Tissue Engineering; Cell Biomechanics
  • Biomechanics
    Theory, modeling and simulation of articular cartilage; Bio-tribology of temporomandibular joint; Cell force in chondrocytes
  • Solid Mechanics
    Mixture theory for connective tissue
  • Life & Health Sciences
    Repair of cartilage lesion; Bone marrow involved cartilage repair
Kurt Manal

Research Assistant Professor
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
manal@udel.edu
302.831.4463
201J Health Science Complex

Research Interests
  • Biomedical Engineering
    human movement, motion analysis, neuromuscular modeling, EMG, muscle & joint contact force
  • Biomechanics
    human movement, motion analysis, neuromuscular modeling, EMG, muscle & joint contact force
  • Life & Health Sciences
    human movement, motion analysis, neuromuscular modeling, EMG, muscle & joint contact force
Jared Medina

Assistant Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences
jmedina@psych.udel.edu
302.831.8724
216 Wolf Hall

Research Interests
Although sights and sounds are experienced starting with changes in receptor surfaces (retina, eardrum), they do not have the same embodied component as in touch. This is likely because of the seemingly veridical relationship between the location of our receptor surface (skin) and the perceived location of sensation; one that makes it difficult to conceive that our body percepts are strictly a product of neural processes. However, the relationship between neural processes and body representations is clearly evident in individuals with impairments after amputation (phantom limbs), chronic pain, or brain damage. Research in the Medina lab is committed to understanding how we represent the body, how we integrate body representations with spatial, attentional, and motor systems, and how we represent the location of stimuli in our environment.

The research uses behavioral testing with brain damaged and neurologically intact individuals, along with non-invasive brain stimulation techniques.

Susanne Morton

Associate Professor
Physical Therapy
smmorton@udel.edu
302.831.4235
210Q Health Science Complex

Research Interests
  • Interlimb Coordination and Locomotor Impairments Following Stroke, especially (a) effects of corticospinal tract lesions on human lower extremity coordination and (b) spinal versus supraspinal contributions to interlimb coordination during locomotion.
  • Mechanisms of Motor Adaptation and Motor Learning, including: (a) cerebral motor versus cerebellar contributions to motor learning, (b) mechanisms of adaptation, operant reinforcement, and use-dependent learning of motor skills and (c) using motor learning approaches to enhance long-term recovery of walking post-stroke.
  • Motor Cortical Interhemispheric Effects in Health and Disease, including: the role of transcortical connections and ipsilateral motor cortical structures in bilateral leg movements in individuals with post-stroke hemiparesis.
  • Non-invasive Brain Stimulation to Improve Motor Recovery after Stroke, including whether such treatments as transcranial direct current stimulation or repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation augments traditional physical rehabilitation for sensorimotor recovery post-stroke.
Christopher Price

Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
cprice@udel.edu
302.831.1147
5 Innovation Way, Rm 106

Research Interests
  • Biomechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Life & Health Sciences
Hendrik Reimann

Research Assistant Professor
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology 
jhrei@udel.edu
302.831.
214 Tower at STAR

Research Interests
We use sensory perturbations on people walking in a Virtual Reality environment to study how this sensorimotor control loop functions and how it changes with aging and neuromotor disease. Based on these experimental data, we build computational models that allow us to understand the role that different factors like reduced muscle strength or slower walking speed play in loss of balance and falls.
Darcy Reisman

Chairperson & Professor; Academic Director of Neurologic & Older Adult Clinic
Physical Therapy
dreisman@udel.edu
302.831.0508
210S Health Science Complex

Research Interests
Investigation of the movement deficits of persons with neurologic injury and the study of treatment interventions aimed at addressing those deficits. In addition, studying basic movement coordination and the neurophysiologic and biomechanical processes underlying this coordination.
Todd D. Royer

Associate Professor
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
royer@udel.edu
302.831.4351
201R Health Science Complex

Research Interests
  • Biomechanics and energetics of gait
  • Amputee locomotion
  • Knee osteoarthritis
Michael H. Santare

Professor
Mechanical Engineering
santare@udel.edu
302.831.2246
208 Spencer Lab

Research Interests
  • Clean Energy
    Mechanics of electrolyte and Fuel Cell materials and structures
  • Composite Materials
    Micromechanics and failure analysis and characterization of Composites and Nano-composites
  • Biomechanics
    Orthopedic biomechanics
  • Solid Mechanics
    Mechanics and failure of complex material systems with micro-structure or nano-structure including advanced composites and biomaterials
Jennifer Semrau

Assistant Professor
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
semrau@udel.edu
302.831.3065
346 Tower at STAR

Research Interests
  • Impairments in sensorimotor control and learning in neural injury (Stroke, Movement Disorders, Concussion)
  • Robotic and rehabilitation of upper limb sensorimotor impairment
  • Brain stimulation techniques for rehabilitation
  • Investigation of brain-behavior relationships via neuroimaging and robotics
Fabrizio Sergi

Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
fabs@udel.edu
302.831.6404
201H Health Science Complex

Research Interests
  • Wearable robot technologies
  • MR-compatible mechatronics
  • Compliant actuation
  • Robotic neurorehabilitation
  • Sensorimotor learning and control
Karin Gravare Silbernagel

Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy
kgs@udel.edu
302.831.4808
210X Health Science Complex

Research Interests
To treat and rehabilitate individuals with chronic and acute tendon injuries to achieve the optimal response in the tendon, while improving patients’ impairments and symptoms. Currently, the majority of research involves patients with Achilles and Patellar tendon injuries.
Jaclyn (Meg) Sions

Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy
megsions@udel.edu
302.831.7231
210JJ Health Science Complex

Research Interests
  • Lower-Limb Amputation
  • Chronic Low Back Pain
  • Muscle Morphology and Function
  • Clinical Outcome Measures
Steven J. Stanhope

Professor; INBRE Program Coordinator and Director of Research
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
stanhope@udel.edu
302.831.3496
Tower at STAR

Research Interests
Help people reach their optimal level of function when an injury, disease or other health related condition results in physical disability. His interests center on rehabilitation biomechanics and the clinical application of human motion capture, analysis and simulation methodologies. Specific topic areas include gait, balance, prosthetics and orthotics, modeling pediatric obesity, and more recently, joint stiffness, bone shape, rapid virtual prototyping of advanced prostheses and orthoses. Over the years, Dr. Stanhope has investigated a broad range of patient conditions including: limb sparing procedures in osteogenic sarcomas, femoral neuropathies, Proteus syndrome, chronic stroke, Parkinson’s disease, osteogenesis imperfecta, amputation, post polio syndrome, cerebral palsy, cerebellar ataxia and aging.

Areas of research interest in his work include the development and implementation of novel devices and biomechanical measurement, modeling, and analysis techniques. This work has lead to the development of: a minimally invasive skeletal tracking method, a method for calibrating instrumented treadmills in situ, a novel body weight support system, and several commercially available products.

Charles (Buz) B. Swanik

Professor
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
cswanik@udel.edu
302.831.2306
151 Human Performance Lab

Research Interests
  • What are the Neuromechanics that make people injury prone?
  • Neurocognitive factors of unintentional injuries
  • Sensorimotor aspects of musculoskeletal pathology after concussions
  • ACL tears, Unstable shoulders, Ankle sprains, Concussions, Hamstring Strains, Osteoarthritis
Norman J. Wagner

Unidel Robert L. Pigford Chair in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Joint Professor, Dept of Physics & Astronomy; Professor
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
wagnernj@udel.edu
302.831.8079
227 Colburn Lab

Research Interests
Our research focuses on developing a fundamental understanding of the molecular and nanoscale structure and dynamics of complex materials, especially during flow and processing, which falls under the broader disciplines of rheology, nonequilibrium thermodynamics, complex fluids and soft matter. Our goals include directing molecular and nanoscale self-assembly as a route to engineering novel materials. We are also pioneering new experimental methods for probing nanoscale material structure in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Neutron Research and Institute Laue Langevin, (ILL) France. Our research has broad application, is supported by the NSF, NASA, NIST, and industry, and includes collaborations around the globe. Translation to practice includes product engineering and entrepreneurial activities through STF Technologies LLC. Teaching interests include Design and Product Engineering, Mass and Heat Transport, Thermodynamics, Colloid and Interface Science and Scattering Methods for Characterizing Soft Matter.with cerebral palsy
Liyun (Leann) Wang

Professor
Mechanical Engineering
lywang@udel.edu
302.831.2659
126 Spencer Lab

Research Interests
  • Biomedical Engineering
    Mechanobiology of skeletal tissues, bioimaging, mathematical modeling, porous media
  • Biomechanics
    Biomechanics of bone and cartilage, advanced bioimaging, mathematical/computatinal modeling
  • Life & Health Sciences
    Osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, mechanobiology
Daniel K. White

Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy
dkw@udel.edu
302.831.7607
210L Health Science Complex

Research Interests
  • American College of Rheumatology: Research and Education Foundation
    Bridge Funding Award
    2014-2015