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Research Team

Lab Director

Jacob Sosnoff, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training
Associate Dean for Research, KU School of Health Professions

Postdoctoral Fellow

Tobia Zanotto, Ph.D. 

Zanotto joined the Mobility and Falls Lab as a postdoctoral fellow, funded by a mentor-based fellowship, in the spring of 2021. He holds a doctorate in physiotherapy from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (UK). His doctoral research examined the relative importance of physical frailty and cardiovascular function as exercise-modifiable predictors of falls in people receiving hemodialysis for end-stage renal disease.

Currently, Zanotto is exploring the impact of mobility impairments on quality of life and clinical adverse outcomes in people living with multiple sclerosis, as part of a mentor-based postdoctoral fellowship funded by the NMSS. A judo black belt, Zanotto is also investigating the potential benefits of teaching safe-falling strategies adapted from the martial arts to prevent fall-related injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, in older adults.

Graduate Students

Lingjun Chen

Lingjun started her doctorate in the Mobility and Falls Lab in the summer of 2021. She received her bachelor's degree in rehabilitation therapy from Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing (China). She earned her master's degrees in physiotherapy from Cardiff University (UK) and in kinesiology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying under Sosnoff.

Interested in balance and postural control in movements, Lingjun believes the multi-disciplinary research would bring opportunities in making differences in clinical practice. Currently, she is understanding the impact of natural aging on head control, as a part of the development of head impact prevention strategy during falls in the older populations.

James Fang

James joined the Mobility and Falls Lab as a doctorate student in the fall of 2021. He has his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu (Taiwan) and has his master’s degree in dance education from Taipei National University of the Art, Taipei. His research interest is in quantifying motor function in health and disease, and he is currently working on gait analysis, using wearable devices to help people with multiple sclerosis.


Collaborators

Neil Alexander, M.D. [research focus: falls prevention]
Mobility Research Center at the Geriatrics Center
University of Michigan / VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System GRECC

Deborah Backus, Ph.D., PT [rehabilitation, multiple sclerosis]
Shepherd Center, Atlanta, Ga.

Shelley Bhattacharya, D.O., MPH [geriatrics]
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Kansas School of Medicine

Hannes Devos, Ph.D. [neurorehabilitation, cognition, mobility]
Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training
University of Kansas School of Health Professions

Jason Franz, Ph.D. [neuromuscular biomechanics]
Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering
North Carolina State University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jeff Hausdorff, Ph.D. [gait, cognition]
Center for the Study of Movement, Cognition and Mobility
Neurological Institute, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center Sagol School of Neuroscience, and Department of Neurology
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Manuel Hernandez, Ph.D. [neural control, movement]
Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sharon Lynch, M.D. [neurology, multiple sclerosis]
Department of Neurology
University of Kansas School of Medicine

Shannon Mejia, Ph.D. [aging and technology]
Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Elizabeth Peterson, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA [falls in clinical populations]
Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Illinois at Chicago

Laura Rice, Ph.D., MPT, ATP [falls in wheeled-device users]
Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Wendy Rogers, Ph.D. [aging, health and technology]
Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thorsten Rudroff, Ph.D. [cannabis and aging]
Department of Health and Human Physiology
University of Iowa


Alumni

Karla Francioni, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Health Studies
Georgetown College

Katherine Hsieh, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral scholar, Department of Internal Medicine
Wake Forrest University

Chandra Jayranam, Ph.D.
Human factors/ergonomics consultant, Amazon

Ed Ofori, Ph.D.
College of Health Solutions
Arizona State University

Yaejin Moon, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral scholar, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
Northwestern University

Sunghoon Shin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology
Yeungnam University 

Robin Sun, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, School of Medicine
Stanford University

Doug Wajda, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance
Cleveland State University

Tyler Wood, Ph.D., ATC
Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Northern Illinois

KU School of Health Professions

Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training
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