Dr. Satyajit Ambike

Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Kinesiology


Lambert Fieldhouse, Room 110B
(765) 496-0567


PhD, Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University
MS, Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University
BE, Mechanical Engineering, University of Pune

Research Interests

Biomechanics; Motor control; Dynamical systems; Mechanism synthesis; Locomotion; Prehension

Satyajit Ambike

Research description

Dr. Ambike studies movement in biological systems. He currently focuses on human prehension (manual behavior) and locomotion across the adult age span. He is interested in how aging influences stability of various movements, and how stability and maneuverability - two antagonistic movement attributes - are traded off in activities of daily living. His current projects are (a) quantifying manual dexterity, (b) measuring and modeling mechanics at the fingertip-object interface, and (c) quantifying synergistic control of adaptive locomotion. 

Current research projects

  1. Understanding manual dexterity.
  2. Synergies in adaptive gait across the adult lifespan.

Current Students

Paige Thompson (Health and Kinesiology)
Expected Degree: MS

Anvesh Naik (Health and Kinesiology)
Expected Degree: PhD

Chuyi Cui (Health and Kinesiology)
Expected Degree: PhD

Ashwini Kulkarni (Health and Kinesiology)
Expected Degree: PhD

Past Students

Mitchell Tillman (MS - 2019)

  • Thesis Title: Effects of past and future events on present motor stability, and relationships with motor and cognitive flexibility
  • Current Position (2019): PhD student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology

Marissa Munoz-Ruiz (MS - 2019)

  • Thesis Title: Interactions between fingers during rapid force pulse production