ECU Biomechanics Laboratory - Graduate Students

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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:

Jamie Hibbert

Jamie's current research projects are on changes in muscle stiffness and strength with age.  Jamie is also interested in injury prevention and (legal) performance enhancement in athletic performance.
Jamie is a Certified Athletic Trainer and has worked with traditional sports teams, aerospace manufacturing employees, and in community outreach to keep people healthy and able to fully participate in physical activity.  Jamie decided to return to school to pursue her doctorate because she would like to eventually have a career in research and teaching.  Jamie enjoys spending time exploring the great outdoors with her husband and their puppy.

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.

Collin Bowersock

Collin is a 2nd year Biomechanics graduate student from Wichita Falls, Texas. He received a bachelors of science in Exercise and Sport Sciences from Texas Tech University. Collin's main area of interests are locomotion and injuries associated with running locomotion. He played collegiate soccer in Texas before transferring to Texas Tech. His Texas sports teams continue to let him down, every season, but he continues to be loyal to the below average organizations.

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.

Robert Leonard

Robert is a 2nd year Biomechanics graduate student. He graduated from ECU in 2013 with a bachelors degree in Athletic Training. His current thesis project will look at biomechanical differences between Crossfit competitors and Olympic weightlifters during the power clean. Robert returned to school in hopes of using the knowledge he will gain from these years at ECU to pursue a career in research and teaching. He enjoys watching hockey and soccer, and is a huge fan of Manchester United in what has started off as an abysmal season.

Alex Geronimo

Alex is a second year Biomechanics graduate student. He was born and raised in Brewster, New York. After graduating high school, he moved to California with his parents. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2012 with a bachelors degree in Exercise Science. Alex enjoys playing intramural sports and skiing. His favorite sports teams are the Jets, Mets, Knicks, and Rangers. After graduating, Alex plans to continue doing research in biomechanics with an emphasis in athletic performance and injury prevention.

Kayla Murphy

Kayla is a 2nd year Biomechanics graduate student from Fayetteville, NC. She received her undergraduate degree from ECU in 2014 with a degree in Kinesiology. She is currently working on a study involving running and how speed affects overall load. She is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She enjoys running and watching NFL football. Go Broncos!

Jeffrey Patterson

Jeff received his B.S. in Kinesiology from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. He completed an honors thesis while attending Barrett, investigating electromyography in various muscles during stable and unstable lifting conditions. He is a second year graduate student in the Biomechanics program, and is currently working with Alex Geronimo and Dr. Anthony Kulas on his thesis, which is investigating the relationship between the hamstrings to quadriceps strength ratio and loads on the anterior cruciate ligament during different tasks.

Jessica McDonnell

Jessica is a 2nd year Biomechanics graduate student.  She is from Boston and completed her undergrad at Sacred Heart University.  She is currently researching the biomechanics of skipping and would consider herself an above average phooseball player.

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 first year Master’s student in the Biomechanics department. He grew up just outside of Cleveland, Ohio and earned his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Memphis. His previous research in biomechanics was aimed at foot strike and speed interaction effects as well as running-related injuries in collegiate runners. Dan typically runs, but is currently an avid walker.

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.

Taylor Nicklin

Taylor is a first year Biomechanics student with his undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Frostburg State University. His thesis study is currently in development and will be investigating the effects of fatigue on the mechanics of the power clean, an Olympic-style weightlifting movement. Taylor has been an avid CrossFit athlete for three years and is a member of the West Virginia Weightlifting Club under the tutelage of an East Carolina University Alumnus.

Victoria Price

Victoria is a 1st 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 and locomotion performance and injury prevention. 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.

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