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Principal Investigator (PI)

Jason R. Franz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
10206C Mary Ellen Jones Building

Curriculum vitae






Ross Smith, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow

PhD Human Movement Science, University of Queensland, 2022
MS Exercise and Sports Science, University of Memphis, 2017
BS Exercise and Sports Science, University of Memphis, 2015

I examine how aging affects foot and ankle power contributions during everyday ambulation, and aim to identify specific tissue adaptations to explain age-related changes in locomotor performance.

Kavya Katugam-Dechene, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow

PhD Kinesiology-Biomechanics, Penn State, 2023
MS Kinesiology-Biomechanics, Penn State, 2020
BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2018

I am a trained biomechanist with experience in both human and animal-comparative research in both the academic and industry settings. I’m interested in furthering our understanding of the fundamental mechanics of movement to improve health outcomes, specifically in at-risk and marginalized populations.

Elizabeth Bjornsen, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow

PhD Human Movement Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2024
MS Exercise Science, University of Arkansas, 2020
BS Exercise Science, Taylor University, 2019

My research interests are to quantify healthy tibiofemoral joint loading for individuals at high-risk for and those with established knee osteoarthritis. A comprehensive understanding of altered biomechanical profiles will lead to the development of real-world interventions to restore healthy movement and improve long-term patient outcomes.

Graduate Students

Andrew Shelton, Ph.D. Student
Biomedical Engineering
BS Mechanical Engineering, Ohio Northern University, 2020

Falls among at risk populations can have significant personal, physical, and psychological consequences. My research seeks to engineer and apply novel sensory and mechanical perturbation paradigms that emulate balance challenges faced in the community. My translational goal is to mitigate the risk of falls in older adults and those with neurodegenerative diseases.


Emily Eichenlaub, Ph.D. Student

Biomedical Engineering
BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2020

My research aims to characterize how the interaction between neural control and muscle mechanics forms the basis for balance control. My overarching goal is to translate this knowledge to the design of assistive devices and rehabilitation therapies.


Aubrey Gray, Ph.D. Student
Biomedical Engineering
BS Physics, Rhodes College, 2020

My research investigates mechanisms underlying age-related effects on foot-ankle mechanical power interactions during walking. My ultimate goal is to help guide clinical management of age-related mobility impairment toward cost-effective wearable devices that will increase the quality of life for our aging population.



Undergraduate Students

Kaemon Silas Edmonson, Biomedical Engineering
Lea Klissouras, Biomedical Engineering
Owen Streppa, Biomedical Engineering
Shyam Patel, Biomedical Engineering
Roberta Muraira, Biomedical Engineering
Carly Rauch, Biomedical Engineering
Kevin Lima, Biomedical Engineering
Shikha Saxena, Biomedical Engineering
Anh Nguyen, Biomedical Engineering
Virginie Ruest, Biomedical Engineering
Lucas Kiukawa, Biomedical Engineering
Ava Cook, Biomedical Engineering


Rebecca Krupenevich, Post-doc, Current Position: AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, NIH
Hoon Kim, Post-doc. Current Position: Assistant Professor, SoonChunHyang University
Brian Selgrade, Post-doc. Current position: Assistant Professor, Westfield State University
Mu Qiao, Post-doc. Current position: Assistant Professor, Louisiana Tech University
Ricky Pimentel, Ph.D., 2023
Amanda (“Mandy”) Munsch, Ph.D., 2023
William (“Billy”) Clark, Ph.D., 2020
Katie Conway, Ph.D., 2020
Michael Browne, Ph.D., 2020
Jessica Thompson, M.S., 2017

Alexander Paz, Visiting Scholar (University of Eastern Finland), 2023
Yujin Kwon, Visiting Scholar (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology), 2022
Daniel Duque Urrego, Visiting Scholar (Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia), 2021
Jeroen Waanders, Visiting Scholar (University of Groningen, Netherlands), 2017

Madison Wissman, B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2023
Jordan Feldman, B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2023
Kurumi Adachi, B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2023
Lillian Chilton
, B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2023
Kimmi Chan-Sui, B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2022
Callum Funk, B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2022
Maggie Wagner
, B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2022
Arya Pontula, B.S. Biostatistics, 2021
Meagan Quinn, B.S. Biomedical Engineering, 2021
Marcus Childs, B.S. Biomedical Engineering, 2020
Sam Vinogradov
, B.S. Biomedical Engineering, 2020
Gabriela Diaz, B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2020
Nathan Lehr, B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2020
Keyaira Crudup, B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2020
Noah Pieper, B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2019
Jackson Richards, B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2019
Sarah Fickey, B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2019
Ashish Khanchandani, B.S., Biology, 2018
Hannah McKenney, B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2018
Randall Bissette, B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2018
Heather Stokes, B.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2017