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Stacey Acker

Associate Professor

Specialization: Biomechanics

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies: Lower limb biomechanics, occupational biomechanics, knee joint modeling, Knee osteoarthritis initiation and progression.

Michael Barnett-Cowan

Associate Professor; Associate Chair of Graduate Studies

Specialization: Neuroscience

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies: psychophysics, sensory assessment, virtual reality, motion simulation, eye and head movement, brain imaging and stimulation (EEG/ERP, TMS,tDCS), aging

Tyson studies the biomechanics of movement coordination, control, and musculoskeletal injury. His applied research focuses on movement screening, assessment, and training for health and performance.

Specialization: Biomechanics

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies: Content - biomechanics, ergonomics, injury mechanics, exercise, instrumentation, biomechanical modeling.

Tools / techniques - electromyography, medical imaging, mechanical tissue testing, motion analysis, kinetic measurement, wearable sensor technology, occupational ergonomic evaluation.

Alan Cudlip

Lecturer, definite term

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies: shoulder and wrist biomechanics, occupational biomechanics and ergonomics, instrumentation, electromyography, human motion capture

Specialization: Biomechanics

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies: Shoulder biomechanics, digital human modeling, ergonomics, motion capture, upper limb biomechanics, computational musculoskeletal modeling, in vitro analysis.

Kaylena Ehgoetz Martens

Assistant Professor

Specialization: Neuroscience

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies: Aging and neurodegeneration movement disorders; gait kinematics; neuropsychology and neurocognitive assessment; mood, emotion and cognition; fear, threat, anxiety and depression; virtual reality

Steven Fischer

Associate Professor; Associate Chair of Applied Research, Partnerships and Outreach

Specialization: Biomechanics

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies: task analysis, occupational biomechanics, ergonomic aspects of occupational musculoskeletal injuries.

Sheereen Harris

Assistant professor

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies: Exercise and health psychology; health behaviour change; behavioural science; mental fatigue; motivation, ecological momentary assessment (EMA)

Andrew Laing

Associate Professor

Specialization: Biomechanics

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies: muskuloskeletal biomechanics related to injury, impact biomechanics,  balance, falls, and mobility, occupational biomechanics, ergonomics.

Specialization: Neuroscience

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies: Content expertise - neuroscience, balance and gait, exercise, neurologic disorders, aging.

Experimental tools / technologies - electroencephalography, electromyography, transcranial magnetic stimulation, magnetic resonance imaging, peripheral nerve stimulation, galvanic skin measurement, eye-tracker, motion analysis, kinetic measurement, wearable sensor technology.

Laura Middleton

Associate Professor

Specialization: Neuroscience

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies: Physical activity and aging, dementia, prevention of dementia, social inclusion of dementia, motor disorders, physical activity tracking and assessment, neurocognitive assessment, electroencephalography

Ewa Niechwiej-Szwedo

Associate Professor

Specialization: Neuroscience

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies: Teaching - visuomotor control: eye movements, hand-eye coordinatio, binocular vision: depth perception, stereopsis, visual and motor development, motor learning.

Tools and technologies - eye tracking, limb tracking, psychophysics.

James W.E. Rush

Professor; Vice-President Academic and Provost

Specialization: Physiology and nutrition

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies: cardiovascular physiology, blood vessel health, endothelium, vascular smooth muscle, isolated blood vessels, endothelium-derived contracting and relaxing factors, resveratrol, prostanoids, vascular effects of exercise.

Ken Stark

Professor

Specialization: Physiology and nutrition

Teaching, expertise, tools and technologies: Content expertise - nutrition, dietary intake assessmets, fatty acid and lipid metabolism, analyticial biochemistry.

Research models - human intervention, rodent models, cell culture.

Jim Kile

Canada’s Army Surgeon

Colonel Jim Kile, graduate of the MSc Kinesiology program and now Command Surgeon for the Canadian Armed Forces. His unexpected career path began at the University of Waterloo where exposure to his supervisor’s network started his journey in the military and through medical school.

Dan Shea

Stunt performer

Anatomy, biomechanics, and a deep understanding of the body’s physical capabilities has come in handy for Shea who’s been living and working as a stunt performer in Vancouver for nearly 25 years.

Nick Frank

Researcher, Nike

Since he was a young athlete, Nick Frank dreamed of working at Nike alongside world-renowned scientists  designing sportswear to improve athletic performance. Combining persistence with solid field experience helped Nick to land a position as a Researcher at Nike, where he designs exceptional footwear for basketball players around the world.

Michael Cao

Design Researcher, Idea Couture

Michael Cao graduated with his MSc in Kinesiology in 2018. Now, he is a Design Researcher for Idea Couture, a strategic innovation and design firm. In his work, Michael is responsible for analyzing human behaviour and making recommendations for product innovation and design. 

Brendan Pinto

PhD Student

Brendan Pinto’s pathway to doctoral studies started with a grueling athletic injury, and is exemplary of what can happen when personal experience meets passion and perseverance. His PhD research investigates the neurological response to biomechanical forces to inform movement interventions prescribed for injury, pain and performance. Brendan is also a recipient of a prestigious NSERC doctoral scholarship. 

Ellen Wang

MSc student, Kinesiology

Ellen Wang was inspired as an undergraduate at Waterloo's Kinesiology program to continue her studies into the research-based master's program. Working with Professor Lora Giangregorio as her supervisor, Ellen's research focuses on resistance training and disease management.

Rasha El-Kotob

PhD student, Kinesiology

Rasha El-Kotob's PhD research examines considerations for designing and managing resistance training interventions. She also balances working toward her doctoral degree with being a new parent.

Keith Rajkumar

MSc (coursework) student, Kinesiology

At the beginning of his practicum, Keith Rajkumar (MSc Kinesiology - coursework) had mapped out a plan to complete his project during his four-month work-integrated experience. With the best laid plans, the outcome wasn't what he thought it would be, but it was so much more.

Laura Healey

Footwear Innovation Manager, PUMA

A class in undergrad helped Laura Healey make the connection between her personal interest in sports, the field of biomechanics and a possible career in footwear research. Today, Laura is Manager of Footwear Innovation at PUMA in Boston, Massachusetts.

Angela Gnjatic

MSc student, Kinesiology (coursework)

As the pandemic and lockdowns continued throughout 2020 and into 2021, Angela Gnjatic found herself feeling increasingly anxious about being in social situations. The practicum experience helped turn around that anxiety.

Kylie Sullivan

Research Assistant, University of Waterloo, Bone Health and Exercise

For people who are undergoing cancer treatment or are recent cancer survivors, just getting out of bed can be a challenge, never mind taking part in an exercise class. But as someone with a lifelong passion for exercise, Kylie Sullivan has learned a lot about the resilience, strength and endurance of cancer patients and survivors.