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    Graduate Students:


    The Biomechanics Laboratory has had many excellent graduate students working as researchers on Laboratory projects. They have all presented their work at regional and national  biomechanics conferences. These students are currently enrolled in the program or have graduated and continued their education in medical school and Ph.D. programs or obtained employment in a variety of  industries. The Lab owes these individuals a great deal of thanks and  appreciation. Our current and former students are:



Erica Bell

Erica is a 3rd year doctoral student and graduated from ECU in May 2013 with a BS in Exercise Physiology. During her senior year, she interned in the ECU biomechanics lab and received an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities award to conduct a research study on differences in foot stiffness between minimally shod and traditionally shod runners, which became a finalist in the Nike sponsored ISB Footwear Symposium. Erica hopes to continue working on this project; meanwhile she is currently in the early phases of a research project looking at architectural and structural parameters of intrinsic foot muscles in hopes of constructing a finite element model of the foot.

Erica transferred here in Fall 2010 and ran on the ECU track and field team during her 3 years of undergraduate study here. She is now a volunteer assistant coach on the ECU track and field team and loves it. She also enjoys bowling, music, logic puzzles, and craft projects.

Alex Semanderes

Alex is a 2nd year Biomechanics graduate student from Jacksonville, North Carolina. Alex received his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from UNC Wilmington. His main area of interest includes the effects of stretching related to athletic performance and injury prevention. Alex hopes to some day work at a research institute or teach at the college level. Some of Alex's hobbies are kayaking, cycling, basketball, football, tennis, and soccer. His collection of Indian artifacts is larger than some local museums.

Chris Curran

Chris is a first year Biomechanics graduate student. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating high school, he attended Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania, where he was also a relief pitcher on the baseball team. Chris graduated from Grove City with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2015. Chris is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. After graduating, he plans to continue doing research in biomechanics while pursuing a Ph.D. with an emphasis in athletic performance and injury prevention. Chris ultimately plans on pursuing a career as a collegiate baseball coach and as an exercise science faculty member.

David Harrison

David is a 1st year Biomechanics graduate student from Greensboro, NC. He received his undergraduate degree from UNC-Greensboro in 2013 with a degree in Kinesiology. As an undergrad, David worked as a research assistant in the Applied Neuromechanics Research Laboratory; he collected data on sagittal plane knee moment during gait and how that is predictive of knee cartilage thickness. David plans to utilize the knowledge and tools learned over the next two years to further his goals in working with athletes to enhance athletic performance. He also loves being outside, going fishing, and anything football related (GO JAGUARS).

Kevin Hooks

Kevin is a first year graduate student in the Biomechanics program.  He graduated from ECU with a BS in Exercise Physiology and interned in the Biomechanics Laboratory as an undergraduate.  He is working in the newly formed Sensorimotor Laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. Chris Mizelle studying the role of handedness in how the brain processes sensory input and turns that into a motor command.  He has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 9 years and is using his knowledge of the way the body is supposed to move against his opponents in tournaments both locally and nationally.  He also enjoys all outdoor recreational activities and playing with his crazy dog.

Daniel Kuhman

Daniel Kuhman is a second year Masters student in the Biomechanics department. Daniel earned a degree in Health and Human Performance from the University of Memphis prior to attending East Carolina University. His previous research explored mechanisms of injury development in long distance runners and his current research examines age-related biomechanical adaptations in elderly adults. Although walking is his preferred method of locomotion, he enjoys an occasional jog.

Caitlin Melton

Caitlin is a first year graduate student from Fayetteville, NC. She earned her undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from ECU. She is currently working on developing her thesis dealing with balance in concussed athletes. She is a group fitness instructor and a lover of yoga. She doesn’t follow too many sports teams, but she will be happy to smile and nod along to anyone talking about their teams.

Victoria Price

Victoria is a 2nd year Biomechanics graduate student from Austin, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas. Victoria's interest include gait, locomotion, prosthesis, and exoskeleton performance and injury prevention. Her current research is investigating knee joint forces as athletes run across different surface stiffnesses.  She also enjoys swimming, hiking, running, and climbing.

Kelsey Zary

Kelsey is a 1st year Biomechanics Graduate Student from Greenville, NC. She received her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from East Carolina University and worked as an intern Athletic Trainer for a year and a half before returning to school. She has many research interests but her current thesis project will involve using ultrasound to find predictors of successful ACL reconstruction. She volunteers with a local animal rescue and the American Red Cross blood services in her spare time.

Olukunle Akindahunsi

Clara Amat Fernandez

Clara is a first year Biomechanics graduate student from Barcelona (Spain). She received her undergraduate degree in Health & Exercise Science from the University of Memphis. Clara is interested in mechanism of injury, and injury prevention and rehabilitation. She was a pole vaulter at Memphis and enjoys watching and being part of the sport.

Ana Gomez Granados

Ana is a 1st year Biomechanics Graduate Student from Costa Rica. She received her undergraduate degree in Human Movement Science from the University of Costa Rica. Ana has many research interests, for her thesis she will be working with Dr. Domire. She enjoys swimming and hanging out with friends.

Mark Wright

Henry Zale

Henry Zale is a first year biomechanics student from Portland, OR. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2013 with a bachelor's in Human Physiology while working as the Head Personal Trainer at the Student Rec Center. In 2014 he moved to southern California to pursue personal training. After working in multiple gyms and physical therapy clinics, he developed an interest in injury prevention and turned his focus toward graduate school. He loves basketball, downhill skiing, and weightlifting.

Previous Students

1993: Jeffrey P. Hill

1994: Donghai Zheng

1995: Kevin R. Scott, Sherri L.  Westbrook

1996: Jeffrey R. Wilson

1997: William Linebaugh Dempsey  IV

1998: Jeffrey Money

2000: Jill Suzanne Moody, David J.  Tunnel

2001: Stacey L. Beam

2002: Jovita Jolla, Kimberly N.  Smith

2003: Todd J. Brown, John  Christopher Mizelle, Lenna M. Westerkamp

2004: Douglas W. Powell

2005: Joseph Lowry Helseth,  Brandon F. Noyes, Michelle Amy Pullen

2006: Jonathan F. Armada

2007: Allison Gruber, Patrick  Rider, Paul Zalewski

2008: Erin Bushey, Brian Moscicki

2009: Ben Long, Cortney Herring, Jason Jones

2010: Tim Copple, Mike McNally, Jonathan Gomez, Jonathan Bulluck, Binal Motawar, Adria Finch, Byron Moore

2011: Ryan Hill, Jimmy Metzinger, Caitlin Pearl

2012: John Pope, Alexis Sidiropoulos, Robert Brady, Jeff Morgan

2013: Hunter Bennett, Rebecca Krupenevich, Josh Leonardis, Rachel Tatarski, Korey Reynolds

2014: Anne Marie Tullock, Chris Wendt

2015: Matthew Salzano, Daniel Schuster, Matthew Becker, Kayla Seymore, Shane Rabideau

2016: Jamie Hibbert, Collin Bowersock, Robert Leonard, Alex Geronimo, Kayla Murphy, Jeffrey Patterson, Jessica McDonnell