The Clinical Biomechanics Lab, housed in the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University, is co-directed by Dr. Erika Nelson-Wong, PT, DPT, Ph.D. and Dr. Brian Baum, Ph.D. In addition to pursuing multiple streams of clinical biomechanics research, the lab supports advanced research training for undergraduate and graduate students as a critical component of their education.
Dr. Erika Nelson-Wong
Dr. Nelson-Wong’s primary research is in understanding mechanisms and risk factors for low back pain and the application of ergonomic solutions. Her current projects are focused on developing protocols for effective transitions from sitting to standing desk use in office workers.
Dr. Brian Baum
Dr. Baum’s research focuses on the running mechanics and injury risk factors in runners who have lower extremity amputations. His current project, which is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, studies running in daily-use prosthetics compared to running-specific prosthetics in individuals with trans-tibial amputation.
Dr. Janet Torma
Lauren Sepp, Ph.D.
Lauren is a Ph.D. candidate at Colorado School of Mines studying mechanical engineering as a part of the Functional Biomechanics Laboratory. She earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines (2014) and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington (2016).
Lauren’s research interests include sport-specific prosthetic design, injury-risk and performance during running, and dynamic balance for people with an amputation. She uses both experimental gait analysis and novel musculoskeletal modeling approaches to estimate whole-body and in-vivo responses to changes in prosthesis type. Lauren anticipates that her research will help to enhance prosthetic design efforts, make sport-specific prostheses more available for people with an amputation, and ultimately, improve opportunities for people with an amputation to lead more active and healthy lifestyles.