Undergraduate Students

Alex Dotti

B.S. Student  (2016-17)
Biomedical Engineering

Research Project:  The objectives of my project are to design and fabricate a wearable device for cyclists that:

  1. measures real time heart rate, velocity, and total distance traveled
  2. displays this information on a small screen located within the cyclist’s peripheral vision

By minimizing the cyclist’s need to look away from the road, such a display would improve safety as well as prevent the cyclist from shifting his/her aerodynamic body position, which is necessary to view currently available wrist or handlebar monitors.


Laura OelsnerHPL selfie

B.S. Student  (2016-17)
Biomedical Engineering

Research Project: I am analyzing hip acceleration data of UC Davis distance track athletes using MatLab code to quantify ground reaction forces (GRF) and frequency of those forces.  The goals are to: (1) better understand the loading these athletes experience during training and determine if there is an association between specific loading characteristics (e.g. magnitude, frequency, duration, recovery time) and certain injuries (e.g. stress fractures, tendinitis), and (2) provide training program guidance based on an individual’s running mechanics and changes in mechanics in response to training.


Daniel Chan

B.S. Student (2016-17)
Exercise Science

Research Project:  Evaluating electromechanical delay (EMD) and rate of force development (RFD) as non-invasive measures of tendon stiffness.


Shyamal Seth

B.S. Student (2016-17)
Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

Research Project:  The goals of my project are: (1) to determine if there is a difference in static, passive knee joint stiffness at a given knee angle between the joint position approached from a more flexed or more extended position, and (2) the relationship between static, passive knee joint stiffness and time.


Victoria Lancey 

B.S. Student (2017)
Biomedical Engineering

Research Project:  I am conducting research on surface electromyography (sEMG) electrodes. The objectives of this research are to: (1) compare and contrast four specific quantities (application time, total procedure cost, quality of signal, and durability of signal) associated with four surface electrode approaches (reusable, disposable, a commercial dry bar electrode, and an experimental tape model of a dry electrode), and (2) summarize these findings into a simple guide that can be used to quickly identify the best electrode approach to choose for a given application.


Cameron Morellicameron

B.S. Student (2017)
Mechanical Engineering

Research Project:  I am conducting a literature review project for the purpose of determining if a threshold for spinal injury during low-speed rear-end car collisions can be identified based on specific characteristics of the crash dynamics (impact velocity, change in vehicle velocity, acceleration, etc.) and occupant (age, sex, anthropometrics, injury history, etc.).


Erica StevensEricaStevens[1]

B.S. Student (2016)
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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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: