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.

Graduate Students:

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 in the lab, Calvin enjoys exploring the great outdoors by running, biking, and hiking.

 

Research Staff:

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 dragon boat paddling, 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.

 

Julia De Pieri HBScHK

Julia graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours BSc in Human Kinetics. As a Research Assistant for the Motion Analysis and Biofeedback Laboratory, Julia works with participants during data collection and helps with data processing and analysis. When not in the lab, Julia enjoys running, hiking and completing jigsaw puzzles.

 
 
 

Patient Partner:

Sheila Kerr

Sheila is a Patient Partner at the Motion Analysis and Biofeedback Laboratory. At 13 years old, an anterior cruciate ligament tear began her journey with early onset knee osteoarthritis. As a retired physiotherapist, Sheila has continued to nurture her passion for engaging in research. For her work with Arthritis Research Canada’s Patient Advisory Board, she was awarded the “Patient for active engagement in arthritis research award” by the Arthritis Alliance of Canada in 2017. Her interest in non-pharmacological and non-surgical ways to manage knee osteoarthritis connects her with the MABLab where she offers valuable insight from a patient’s perspective. Sheila now rides an E-bike and enjoys walking the sea wall.

 
 
 

Alumni:

2019

Dylan Kobsar, Post-Doctoral Fellow
Jean-François Esculier, Post-Doctoral Fellow

2018

Chris Napier, PhD
Angelo Graffos, MSc

2016

Gillian Hatfield, Post-Doctoral Fellow
Judit Takacs, PhD
Chris Cochrane, MSc
Connor Hammond, MSc

2014

Courtney Pollock, PhD
Jerrad Guenther, MSc

2013

Moreza Bahar, MSc