People

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Michael Hunt PT, PhD

Dr. Michael Hunt, PhD, PT is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC and is the Director of the Motion Analysis and Biofeedback Laboratory. Dr. Hunt was trained in biomechanics at UBC and later received his PhD and physical therapy degree (MPT) from the University of Western Ontario. During his postdoctoral training at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, he was the Sir Randal Heymanson endowed Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (2007-2009).

Dr. Hunt’s research is based in clinical biomechanics which involves understanding biomechanical mechanisms of injury and disease and using this information to develop targeted treatment approaches to improve symptoms and physical functioning. His research combines assessment of muscle and joint characteristics during movement with self-reported measures of physical and psychological functioning. He is interested in examining the effects of conservative, non-pharmacological interventions on disease-specific outcomes and has conducted a number of randomized clinical trials to obtain the best evidence of effectiveness.

When not in the lab, Dr. Hunt enjoys the abundant outdoor activities BC provides year-round such as golfing, hiking, or cycling. He also enjoys travelling, and has visited 5 of the 7 continents thus far.

Collaborators:

Dr. Jayne Garland PT, PhD

  • Professor and Head, Department of Physical Therapy
  • Relevant research: Functional muscle and balance retraining in those with knee osteoarthritis or stroke

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mike Gilbart MD, FRCS(C)

  • Orthopaedic surgeon – Joint Preservation Centre of BC
  • Relevant research: Biomechanics and treatment of femoroacetabular impingement

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ryan Chang PhD, CPed(C)

  • Head of Research and Development – Kintec
  • Relevant research: Foot orthoses and foot biomechanics in knee osteoarthritis

 

 

 

 

Post-Doctoral Fellows:

Gillian Hatfield PT, PhD

CanoeAfter completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Mount Allison University in 2004, Gillian graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 2007. She worked clinically for two years in private practice while completing a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Research. Following her MSc degree, Gillian obtained a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University in 2013, where her research focused on developing prediction models for knee osteoarthritis progression based on gait biomechanics. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at UBC, Gillian’s research interest lies in biomechanics and muscle activation patterns in those with knee osteoarthritis, particularly what effect muscle fatigue has on these variables during functional tasks such as walking and stair-climbing. In her spare time, Gillian can be found running, golfing, or instructing fitness classes at GoodLife gyms.

 

Graduate Students:

Chris Napier MPT, DipSportPhysio


Chris graduated from the Master of Physiotherapy program at Curtin University in Perth, Australia in 2003. Since then, he has worked in private practice and sport physiotherapy. He is currently pursuing graduate studies in Rehabilitation Sciences at UBC. His interests are in running biomechanics and how they relate to injury prevention. Chris has been the team physiotherapist for the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Canadian Alpine Ski team, and the Canadian Ski Cross team. He is the owner of Restore Physiotherapy in downtown Vancouver and has a clinical focus in running-related injuries. In his spare time, Chris enjoys running marathons, skiing, and ocean kayaking.

 

Jesse Charlton BPEC, CPT, CSCS

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Jesse is a Master’s student in the MABLab aiming to research lower body biomechanics during athletic movements, both from a strength and conditioning and an athetic therapy view point. He earned a Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching from Douglas College in New Westminster. During his senior year he obtained his Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist designations from the NSCA where he now works with strength and field athletes. Outside of the lab Jesse competes in Judo and is an avid Powerlifter and Olympic Weightlifter.

 

Calvin Tse MSc

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Calvin is an alumnus of McMaster University having completed his BSc and MSc in Kinesiology. His previous research focused on biomechanical adaptations to shoulder fatigue, as well as tendon motion in the carpal tunnel via ultrasound imaging. Following his undergraduate degree, he worked as a registered kinesiologist with seniors living with mobility issues. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD in rehabilitation sciences investigating the influence of shoe orthotics on altering gait mechanics in relation to the conservative treatment of knee osteoarthritis. When not the lab, Calvin enjoys exploring the great outdoors by running, biking, and hiking.

 

Angelo Graffos BKin


Angelo graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BKin in May 2016. A few months later, he started his MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences at the MABLab. His research focuses on the biomechanics of lunging in people with femoroacetabular impingement, particularly the effect on trunk, hip, pelvic, knee and ankle range of motion, and hip, knee and ankle load. When not in the lab, you can find Angelo watching the Canucks or playing tennis.

 

Research Staff:

Natasha Krowchuk BSc

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As the Research Coordinator for the Motion Analysis and Biofeedback Laboratory, Natasha works with study participants throughout their study involvement, from screening and enrollment through data collection to study closure correspondence. Natasha earned a BSc in Cell Biology and Genetics from UBC. Her professional background includes research in a variety of disciplines. In her spare time, Natasha enjoys playing tennis, hiking and supporting the performing arts in Vancouver. She is also an avid traveller, but trails behind Dr. Hunt, having only visited 4 continents so far.

 

Alumni:

Connor Hammond BSc

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Connor completed his BSc in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph where he competed for the Varsity Swim team. In the MABLab, he achieved an MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences with an emphasis on joint loading and muscle activation during stair ambulation in people with femoroacetabular impingement. Outside of the lab, Connor enjoys being active and watching the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

Chris Cochrane BSc


Chris completed his MSc in the Motion Analysis and Biofeedback Laboratory (MABLab), investigating how changes in walking style affect knee and ankle biomechanics in people with knee osteoarthritis, while also looking at muscle contributions with these gait modifications. He previously completed his BSc in the Integrated Sciences program at UBC where he studied physiology, physics and biomechanics. Chris enjoys trail running and playing ultimate frisbee when not in the lab.

 

Judit Takacs MSc

Judit completed a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at UBC. Judit is interested in the biomechanical mechanisms of functional deficits in knee osteoarthritis, and in developing new approaches to treat those deficits. She is also an Associate Editor for Hypothesis, an on-line peer-reviewed journal. Judit enjoys teaching human anatomy to undergraduate and graduate students. Judit completed her M.Sc. in Human Anatomy and Cell Science at the University of Manitoba after finishing an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at the University of Winnipeg. Her research used novel load reduction technology to look at knee pain and joint motion during weight reduction in those with knee osteoarthritis.

 

Courtney Pollock PT, MSc

Courtney graduated from the McMaster University graduate program in Physiotherapy in 1998 and worked clinically before returning to complete an MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Western Ontario and a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Courtney’s interests in research, integrating the areas of biomechanics and motor control to examine human movement, are shaped largely by her clinical experience. Courtney’s PhD research explored how stroke impacts walking balance and how physiotherapists can best address these mobility and balance impairments with motor re-training.

 

Jerrad Guenther BSc, CSEP-CPT


Jerrad’s work as a Master’s student focused on development and testing of a pre-operative hip muscle strengthening program for people with hip impingement. The goal being to improve their muscle strength, pain and physical function prior to surgery. Jerrad previously graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. Aside from research, he is passionate about health and fitness and works as a certified personal trainer through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology.

 

 

Moreza Bahar PT, MSc

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Moreza started his graduate studies at UBC in January 2011 in Experimental Medicine program, before switching to Rehabilitation Sciences. He joined the MABLab in September 2011 focusing on osteoarthritis investigations. Currently, he is trying to bring together his physical therapy background and his recent biomedicine learnings from the Experimental Medicine program, to have a multidimensional perspective about osteoarthritis by looking at it from biomechanical and cellular molecular aspects. The aim of his research was to determine the effect of knee joint loading on changes in levels of biomarkers and to discover how that relates to osteoarthritis progression. Moreza graduated with his Masters of Science in Fall 2013.