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.
Professor and Head, Department of Physical Therapy
- Relevant research: Functional muscle and balance retraining in those with knee osteoarthritis or stroke
Orthopaedic surgeon – Joint Preservation Centre of BC
- Relevant research: Biomechanics and treatment of femoroacetabular impingement
Head of Research and Development – Kintec
- Relevant research: Foot orthoses and foot biomechanics in knee osteoarthritis
Jean-François Esculier PT, PhD
Jean-François (JF) Esculier graduated with a Bachelor of physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa in 2009. He then worked as a full-time clinician in Quebec City for three years, before completing his Masters (2014) and PhD (2017) at Laval University. JF has conducted studies on patellofemoral pain in runners (treatment approaches, biomechanics, footwear) over the past few years, and he shows particular interest in clinical research. During his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia, he is taking part in different projects about running and knee osteoarthritis. JF is also an active clinician and currently practices as a physiotherapist at the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Clinic at UBC. Given his passion for knowledge translation, JF enjoys teaching continuing education courses pertaining to the prevention and treatment of running injuries through The Running Clinic. While not at UBC, he can be found running, cycling or hiking the gorgeous landscapes of British Columbia.
Dylan Kobsar PhD
Dylan graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Master of Science degree. He then completed his PhD in Kinesiology, with a specialization in Biomechanics, at the University of Calgary. He also completed a 1 year postdoctoral fellowship in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary before joining the MABLAB team. His research is aimed at making biomechanics and human movement analyses more clinically relevant and accessible to those in need. Specifically, this research focuses on integrating novel technologies (e.g., motion capture systems, wearable sensors, and depth cameras) and innovative analyses (e.g., machine learning) into the study and treatment of osteoarthritis or running injuries. Outside of the lab, Dylan enjoys exercising, anything football related, and exploring Vancouver with his wife and sons.
Jesse Charlton CSCS, MSc
Jesse graduated from the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program at Douglas College. After joining the MABLab as the lead kinesiologist for a clinical trial, Jesse began his MSc with the research group where he conducted a variety of biomechanical studies. Specifically, his MSc thesis focused on biomechanical requirements of gait modifications for people living with knee osteoarthritis. Now, as a MPT/PhD student, Jesse is focusing his work on wearable sensor systems for real-world biomechanical analysis and gait modification treatments for knee osteoarthritis. When not in the lab, Jesse enjoys mountain biking, trail running, skiing and many other sports.
Calvin Tse MSc
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.
Natasha Krowchuk BSc
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.
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 completed his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences in the MABLab 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.
Connor Hammond BSc
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
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.