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Deanna Gates, Assistant Professor of Movement Science and Biomedical Engineering

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Virginia, 2002
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, 2004
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2009

Dr. Gates is the director of the Rehabilitation Biomechanics Laboratory.  Her research interests include biomechanics, motor control and nonlinear dynamics. [more]





Emily Gardinier, Post-doctoral Fellow

B.S., Exercise Science - Biomechanics & Motor Control, University of Delaware, 2009 
M.S., Interdisciplinary Program in Biomechanics and Movement Science - Applied Anatomy & Biomechanics, University of Delaware, 2011
Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Program in Biomechanics and Movement Science - Applied Anatomy & Biomechanics, University of Delaware, 2013

Emily is a clinical biomechanist with experience in musculoskeletal modeling and rehabilitation science. She is interested in the use of imaging and computational modeling to better understand the maintenance of joint health, adaptive movement patterns following traumatic injury, and the development of osteoarthritis








Susannah Engdahl, Ph.D. Student

B.S., Physics, Wittenberg University, 2013
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2015
Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering (Expected Graduation: 2018)

Susannah’s research interests include upper limb prostheses, rehabilitation, and psychoprosthetics




Jeffrey Cowley, Ph.D. Student

B.S., Exercise Science, Utah Valley University, 2009
M.S., Kinesiology - Biomechanics, Illinois State University, 2012
Ph.D. Student, Kinesiology (Expected Graduation: 2016)

Jeff’s research interests include neuromotor control and adaptation to injury, illness, and equipment.