Current Students

Josh Liddy

Josh Liddy

Adviser: Jeff Haddad
Expected Degree: PhD

My research has primarily focused on postural instabilities in healthy, young adults using tunable balance technology. This research has identified neuromuscular time delay as a major contributor to the onset of postural instability. We are now moving to examine the relationship between time delay and postural instability in aging and pathological populations. My secondary area of research deals with the temporal dependence of motor fluctuations observed in behaviors such as finger force production and locomotion. This work aims to describe the impact of task constraints and redundancy on the structure of motor variability during multi-finger force production. The results of this research will then be extended to more common activities such as locomotion. In addition, I have worked on various projects examining the efficacy of low-cost, gaming peripherals for measuring human posture and inter-limb coordination in an effort to capture motor behavior in more naturalistic settings.

Hyeyoung Cho

Hyeyoung Cho

Adviser: Shirley Rietdyk
Expected Degree: PhD

I received B.S. and M.S. degree in human movement from Ewha Woman's University in South Korea, and currently pursuing a PhD in biomechanics with Dr. Rietdyk. I started at Purdue in 2015 and my research area is gait, foot, posture, aging and physical activity. The primary focus of my research is investigating aging and risk of falls.

Hoda Salsabili

Hoda Salsabili

Adviser: Jeff Haddad
Expected Degree: PhD

The focus of my research is in coupled role of perception and action in human motion control. My research interest is focused on the sensory substitution idea for exploring the environment and how the body can prospectively plan appropriate actions when using a new sensory modality. I am interested in evaluating coupled motion control to substituted sensory modality for visual system. It wish to know how a Vibrotactile sensory substitution device can replace or assist visually impaired people. Moreover, I have participated in projects investigating control of Imagined Fitts` law tasks and postural control in Parkinson patients.

 

Chuyi Cui (PhD)

Chuyi Cui

Advisers: Shirley Rietdyk & Satya Ambike
Expected Degree: PhD 

Chuyi received a BS from Beijing Sport University and her MS from Indiana University. Chuyi is pursuing her PhD with Dr. Rietdyk with a minor in Gerontology. Chuyi started at Purdue in 2016 and her research areas are gait and aging.

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Lucas Rooney

Adviser: Laura Claxton
Expected Degree: MS 

Lucas received a BS from the University of Indianapolis. Lucas is pursuing his Master's degree with Dr. Claxton, focusing on motor development. Lucas started at Purdue in 2016.

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Ashwini Kulkarni

Advisers: Satya Ambike & Shirley Rietdyk
Expected Degree: PhD 

Ashwini received her Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from India, and her Master's degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Biomechanics from Texas A&M University. Her research focused on the relationship between lower-limb and trunk muscle activity and the serve velocity in tennis players.

Ashwini joined Purdue in 2018 and is currently pursuing her PhD with Dr. Satyajit Ambike and Dr. Shirley Rietdyk. She is keen to combine her clinical skills with her research interests and focus on fall prevention in elderly populations.

Anvesh S Naik

Anvesh Naik

Adviser: Satya Ambike
Expected Degree: PhD 

Anvesh received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mumbai, and his Master of Technology degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. During his M.Tech, Anvesh worked on the development of a portable, powered exoskeleton to assist the ankle-joint movement during gait.

Anvesh is pursuing his PhD with Dr. Ambike. He is interested in developing assistive devices to aid human movements. Toward that end, he aims to get an in-depth understanding of the mechanics and neural control of human movement.

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Paige Thompson

Adviser: Satya Ambike and Laura Claxton
Expected Degree: MS 

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Youngstown State University. I currently am working towards my Master’s degree with Dr. Ambike and Dr. Claxton. My research is focused on changes in stability in locomotor and manual function across the life span. After my Master’s degree I plan to obtain my PhD.