Undergraduate Students


Erica StevensEricaStevens[1]

B.S. Student
Neurobiology Physiology and Behavior
Technology Management

Research Project: Investigating a possible correlation between patellar tendon-tibial insertion (PTTI) angles and prior non-contact ACL injury among college athletes.

After Graduation: Preparing Medical School applications


Dylan RuddDylanRudd2015

B.S. Student (2016)
Exercise Biology

Research Project: My research focuses on examining the relationship between patellar tendon-tibia insertion angle (PTTI) and ACL loading and injury rate among Division 1 college athletes.

After Graduation: Preparing Medical School applications


Patrick Govea0629151243a

B.S. Student (2016)
Biomedical Engineering

Research Projects:

  • Human passive ankle dorsi and plantar flexion torque quantification using a Biodex machine and a custom ultrasound+ankle torque measurement system.
  • Investigation of relationship between passive knee torque at a given knee angle and the direction of approach to that knee ankle (i.e. from a more extended or flexed position).  Also quantified is the force relaxation response after passive movement to a specific joint angle.
  • Investigation of localized muscle-tendon strain in response to either proximal or distal deformation; a chicken model.

After Graduation: Industry and pursuit of senior design patent.


ShonitShonit Nair Sharma

B.S. Student (2018, in lab in 2016)
Biomedical Engineering

Research Project:  Analysis of body acceleration data for use in characterizing the lower extremity loading profiles for UC Davis distance runners (i.e. the magnitude, duration, and frequency of loading) using MATLAB.

After Graduation: Preparing Medical School applications


Manuel CisnerosManuelCisneros

B.S. Student (2015)
Biomedical Engineering

Research Projects: Human Movement Analysis Project, with a focus on the cutting movement, and Testing the effect of PTTI insertion angle and Q angle on the incidence of ACL injury.
After Graduation: Graduate School


 CaitlinHamilton[1]Caitlin Hamilton

B.S. Student (2015)
Exercise Biology

Research Projects: Human Movement Analysis Project, with a focus on the cutting movement, and Testing the effect of PTTI insertion angle and Q angle on the incidence of ACL injury.
After Graduation: Medical School


CyrusGhaffari[1]Cyrus Ghaffari

B.S. Student (2015)
Exercise Biology

Research Projects: Human Movement Analysis Project, with a focus on the squat exercise, and creating the Human Performance Laboratory stretching website.
After Graduation: Medical School


Brandon HassidBrandonHassid[1]

B.S. Student (2015)
Exercise Biology

Research Project: Human Movement Analysis Project, with a focus on determining the risk and correct form for lunges.
After Graduation: Medical School – University of Maryland Baltimore


Sara Epsteinsaraepstein[1]

B.S. Student (2015)
Exercise Biology

Research Projects: Human Movement Analysis Project, where she is studying movement mechanics of common exercises at the knee. In doing so, she is looking at the information that already exists and is identifying its validity based on biomechanics and scientific research.
After Graduation:


IMG_2992Santiago Ortega

B.A. Student (2016, in lab 2014-15)
Exercise biology
Spanish

Research Project: Finding the correlation between patella-tibia tendon insertion (PTTI) angle and ACL injury among college athletes.


Garrett MitchellGarrettMitchell[1]

B.S. Student (2015)
Neurobiology Physiology and Behavior

Research Project: Modifying a alter-gravitational device, that was designed by NASA, for future purposes. The device uses vacuums to create either a less than or greater than 1G atmosphere for the lower extremities. The original intent was for it to be used by astronauts to exercise at 1G loads. It can now be used to help athletes coming back from injury by allowing them to run with lower gravitational loads.
After Graduation: Medical School


Frank Mai

frankmaiB.S. Student (2015)

Biomedical Engineering
Managerial Economics

Research Project: Modifying a alter-gravitational device, that was designed by NASA, for future purposes. The device uses vacuums to create either a less than or greater than 1G atmosphere for the lower extremities. The original intent was for it to be used by astronauts to exercise at 1G loads. It can now be used to help athletes coming back from injury by allowing them to run with lower gravitational loads.
After Graduation:


Mitchell Hendersonmitchhenderson[1]

B.S. Student (2019, in lab in 2015)
Neurobiology Physiology and Behavior

Research Project: Updating the Human Performance Lab website and working with the knee arthrometer to find the relationship between femur displacement and skin compression during testing.


BrianaPompa-Hogan[1]Briana Pompa-Hogan

B.S. Student (2016, in lab in 2015)
Neurobiology Physiology and Behavior

Research Project: Human Movement Analysis Project, with a focus on determining the risk and correct form for drop jumps or box jumps.
After Graduation:


JennyLi_HeadShotJenny Li

B.S. Student (2015)
Exercise Biololgy

Research Project: Developing a method to quickly and accurately quantify Achilles tendon stiffness. With this measurement, athletes can be able to detect injury and track various training effects. Research will be conducted using ultrasound imaging and an apparatus that can passively plantarflex and dorsiflex the foot about the ankle.

After Graduation: Preparing PT School applications


Alex Allaert

Alex AllaertB.S. Student (2017 in lab in 2015)
Biomedical Engineering

Research Project: Developing a method to quickly and accurately quantify Achille’s tendon stiffness. With this measurement, athletes would be able to detect injury and track various training effects. Research will be conducted using ultrasound imaging and an apparatus that can passively plantarflex and dorsiflex the foot about the ankle.

After Graduation: