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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, Post-doctoral Fellow

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

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.




Graduate Students

Mandy Munsch, Ph.D. Candidate
Biomedical Engineering
BS Neuroscience, The College of William & Mary, 2016


I am interested in bridging neuroscience and lower limb biomechanics to explore mobility following musculoskeletal injury and aging.


Ricky Pimentel, Ph.D. Student
Biomedical Engineering
BS Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, 2013
MS Health and Exercise Science (Biomechanics), Colorado State University, 2016

My research uses experimental and computational modeling techniques to understand why the energy cost of walking increases with aging and the extent to which this impacts our walking ability. Ultimately, I hope to guide the personalized prescription of therapies to help people age gracefully and stay active throughout their lifetime.


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

Lillian Chilton, Biomedical Engineering
Roberta Muraira, Biomedical Engineering
Carly Rauch, Biomedical Engineering
Madison Wissman, Biomedical Engineering
Jordan Feldman, Biomedical Engineering
Kevin Lima, Biomedical Engineering
Kurumi Adachi, 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
William (“Billy”) Clark, Ph.D., 2020. Current Position: Post-Doc, Brown University
Katie Conway, Ph.D., 2020. Current Position: R&D, Siemens Healthineers
Michael Browne, Ph.D., 2020. Current Position: Post-doc, Kennedy Krieger Institute / John’s Hopkins
Jessica Thompson, M.S., 2017. Current Position: Research Scientist, Brooks Running

Jeroen Waanders, Visiting Scholar (University of Groningen, Netherlands), 2017
Daniel Duque Urrego, Visiting Scholar (Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia), 2021
Kimmi Chan-Sui, Biomedical Engineering, 2022
Callum Funk, Biomedical Engineering, 2022
Maggie Wagner
, 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