Zelik Lab for Biomechanics & Assistive Technology


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CREATE is recruiting new PhD students to join the team Fall 2020

The CREATE faculty are excited to review graduate student applications for Fall 2020, and expect to have multiple PhD student openings. Prof. Zelik is looking for students interested to perform research related to movement biomechanics, human augmentation exosuits for lifting or mobility assistance, wearable sensing technologies to prevent musculoskeletal injuries and/or lower-limb prosthetics. Vanderbilt University has a…

Posted by on November 19, 2019 in News

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Posted by on November 19, 2019 in News

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Congrats to Erik and Maura on their new publication on adaptive ankle prostheses

Subject-specific responses to an adaptive ankle prosthesis during incline walking https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0021929019304798 Abstract Individuals with lower-limb amputation often have difficulty walking on slopes, in part due to limitations of conventional prosthetic feet. Conventional prostheses have fixed ankle set-point angles and cannot fully replicate able-bodied ankle dynamics. Microprocessor-controlled ankles have been developed to help overcome these limitations….

Posted by on October 11, 2019 in News

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Zelik Lab attends ISB/ASB & FBS conferences in Canada

We had a great time participating in the International Society of Biomechanics / American Society of Biomechanics conference in Calgary, Canada; and also sent a smaller contingent to the Footwear Biomechanics Symposium in Kananaskis, Canada beforehand. Conference abstracts (and a video recording of Prof. Zelik’s presentation) can be found HERE. Special congratulations to Emily Matijevich…

Posted by on September 6, 2019 in News


Mechanical misconceptions: Have we lost the “mechanics” in “sports biomechanics”?

Enjoyed contributing to this publication: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0021929019304452 Particularly given the unexpected, Twitter-aided origins of Prof. Zelik’s involvement, which are summarized in the tweets linked below: Our Mechanical Misconceptions perspective just published in @JBiomech. In this paper, we discuss, in an accessible way, some common misapplications in sports biomechanics. This paper started a preprint and had a nice journey…

Posted by on August 27, 2019 in News

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Post-Doc Opening: Biomechanics & Wearable Technology

— THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED — We are currently accepting applications for a post-doctoral researcher. The post-doc will contribute to multidisciplinary research projects at the intersection of human movement biomechanics, wearable sensing, signal analysis, musculoskeletal modeling, injury prevention, smart clothing, exosuits and other wearable technologies. Full details on position & how to apply are available…

Posted by on June 26, 2019 in News


Our new foray into broader science communication: Podcasts (three in the past month!)

1) Emily Matijevich & Karl Zelik were guests on the Running Medicine podcast, discussing their PLOS ONE publication on running biomechanics, injury prevention and wearables, and well as common myths and misconceptions related to ground reaction forces, impacts and loading rates. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/do-ground-reaction-forces-reflect-bone-loads/id1097141405?i=1000442715015   2) Maura Eveld was interviewed as a guest on As It Happens – NPR/Candian…

Posted by on June 26, 2019 in News


Welcome to Anna (our new Research Engineer & Coordinator) & Summer Interns

Anna Wolfe recently completed her Bachelor of Engineering at Vanderbilt University. She brings a passion for advancing prosthetic and orthotic technologies, and we are excited for her to join CREATE as our new Research Engineer & Coordinator. We also have a diverse and talented group of student interns for the summer, most of whom are continuing research…

Posted by on June 24, 2019 in News


Tripping people for science! Congrats to Shane & Maura on their new publication!

This study published in the Journal of NeuroEngineering & Rehabilitation details a new stumble perturbation system that can trip people at precise moments in stride cycle, enabling us to learn more about human reflexes & how people recover their balance, so we can build similar reflexes into robotic prostheses to reduce falls & injuries in this…

Posted by on June 12, 2019 in News


Congrats to Dr. Matthew Yandell on defending his PhD!

Matt’s portfolio of research spans from gait biomechanics to ankle exoskeletons and exosuits, with a unique emphasis on physical interface dynamics between the device & user. He has been an outstanding role model, team player and innovator in the lab, and we are lucky he brought his curiosity and talents here to Vanderbilt! Next he’s off to change…

Posted by on June 10, 2019 in News