Optimizing shoulder health and performance

The Digital Industrial Ergonomics and Shoulder Evaluation Laboratory (DIESEL), established in 2005, is a focal point for scientific study of shoulder mechanics across the life span, including the human population and primates.

Welcome to our web site, which is intended to provide information about what we do, why we do it, and how to get involved in our ongoing work!

Our vision

Our research goal is to generate novel, useful information regarding shoulder function and dysfunction. A secondary goal is to apply this information to practical applications across a range of human activities.

The major intended contribution of the laboratory is to improve musculoskeletal shoulder health through improved understanding, prevention, identification, treatment, rehabilitation, and accommodation of shoulder disorders.


About us

DIESEL is a diverse environment that brings together student and postdoctoral researchers from backgrounds in kinesiology, engineering, and related disciplines.

Nearly 30 graduate and postdoctoral and over 100 undergraduate trainees have contributed to the scientific progress achieved by DIESEL since 2005, and we are always eager to include enthusiastic and capable people in our work.

  1. May 26, 2020A Busy (Virtual!) Spring 2020

    Comings and Goings in Spring 2020

    While much has changed since the end of Winter 2020 term (university campus closing due to COVID-19 containment measures, research put to a halt, students and staff working from home and connecting by way of Zoom or MS Teams...), DIESEL still has plenty of news to share!

  2. Sep. 5, 2019New Additions to the DIESEL Team

    We have officially started the fall term and the DIESEL team has grown! We'd like to welcome our newest trainees Cristina Herrera and Paula He!

  3. July 29, 2019Farewell, Alison!

    One of our post-doctoral students, Alison McDonald has accepted a new position as a Research Scientist for a London, Ontario company. This industry role will be a big change for Alison, having been in the academic system since her undergraduate days at University of Waterloo, and we are excited for her and supportive of this new challenge she is undertaking! Her last day will be Friday.

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Contact Information

B.C. Matthews Hall, Room 1404
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1-519-888-4567, ext. 36162

We Need You! 

DIESEL is currently recruiting participants for multiple research projects. 

Check out our News page for more information!