Agility is the ability to make rapid, purposeful and controlled transitions between movement patterns. This fundamental walking skill is often compromised following neurologic impairment. Our research aims to understand the neuromechanical basis of human locomotor agility and to apply this knowledge to advance gait rehabilitation. Specifically, we are working to:
- Improve the characterization and assessment of locomotor stability and maneuverability
- Develop intelligent robotic tools to optimize the recovery of dynamic balance
Our primary research seeks to improve locomotor agility following incomplete spinal cord injury. However, through collaborations we also are conducting research investigating agility in individuals post-stroke, lower-limb amputees, older adults, individuals with knee osteoarthritis, and non-impaired populations.
|Human Agility Lab Website|
|Human Agility Lab Wiki|
|Interested in participating in research – Individuals who have a spinal cord injury|
|Interested in participating in research – Individuals who do not have a spinal cord injury|
|Enhancement of locomotor maneuverability in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury|
|Perturbation-based assessment of locomotor stability|
|Neural control of walking trajectories|
|Contribution of hearing to gait stability|
Human Agility Lab Research Team
Mengnan/Mary Wu - Neuromechanical Research Engineer
Geoffrey Brown - Research Engineer
Jane Woodward, PT, DPT, NCS - Research Physical Therapist
Wendy Boehm, PhD
Graduate Student Research
Stephen Antos, DPT, PT
Stephen is currently pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.
Current Projects: Stepping preferences of older and younger adults; Development of smart technology to track assistive device use in older adults
Mary is currently enrolled in the DPT/PhD program. She is pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.
Current Project: Adaptation of locomotor trajectories in novel environments
Andrew is currently enrolled in the DPT/PhD program. He is pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.
Current Project: Impact of post-stroke abnormal muscle synergies on leg swing mechanics
Amanda is currently pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.
Current Project: Characterization of ankle impedance during gait in individuals post-stroke and implications for gait stability and maneuverability.
- A case series investigating a novel movement amplification training paradigm to enhance dynamic stability in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury.
- Clinical biomechanical analysis of running techniques.
- Jennifer Kahn, DPT
- Katherine Martinez, PT/MA
- Alison Chang, PT/DPT
- Sabrina Lee, PhD
- Lois Hedman, PT, DScPT, MS
- Margaret Danilovich, PT, DPT, PhD
- Roberto Lopez-Rosado, DPT, MSPT, MA
- Julius P.A. Dewald, PT, PhD
- Arun Jayaraman, PT, PhD
- Matthew Major, PhD, NU Prosthetics-Orthotics Center
- Kwang-Youn A. Kim, PhD, NU Biostatistics Collaboration Center
- Thomas Schnitzer, MD, PhD, NU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Sumitrajit Dhas, PhD, NU Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Jonathan Siegel, PhD, NU Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Pamela Souza, PhD, CCC-A, NU Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Felix Huang, PhD, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
- Yasin Dhaher, PhD, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
- Christine Jelinek, MS, CSCS, PhD, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital
- Andrew Sawers, CPO, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Nicholas Fey, PhD, University of Texas at Dallas
- Brian Schmit, PhD, Marquette University
- Edwin van Asseldonk, PhD, University of Twente
- Sjoerd Bruijn, PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Undergraduate Student Researchers
- Tara Cornwell, Biomedical Engineering
- Carolina Viramontes, Biomedical Engineering
- Jason Kwon, Biomedical Engineering
- Chelsi Serba, Biomedical Engineering