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. Sep. 20, 2017Congratulations to Jackie Maciukiewicz

    Congratulations are in order for Jackie Maciukiewicz, who successfully defended her Master's thesis on August 17th, 2017. Jackie presented her research entitled "Analysis of high and low physical functioning breast cancer survivors within two years of treatment". Great job, Jackie!

    Jackie is continuing on in her studies in the DIESEL lab as a PhD student. Her research focus will continue to be centered around breast cancer survivors and physical function post treatment. 

  2. Mar. 7, 2017DIESEL at the Ontario Biomechanics Conference

    Members of DIESEL will be travelling to the Ontario Biomechanics Conference (OBC) at the Nottawasaga Inn in Alliston, Ontario on March 10-12th to present some of their recent research to fellow biomechanics undergraduate and graduate students. Now in it's 14th year, OBC is organized to provide an opportunity for Ontario biomechanics students to network and present their work in a casual and nurturing environment.

  3. Jan. 16, 2017Congratulations to Rachel Whittaker, MSc!

    Congratulations are in order for Rachel Whittaker, who successfully defended her Master's thesis on December 21st, 2016.

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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