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Principal Investigator

Jennifer A. Nichols, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
University of Florida
E-mail: jnichols@bme.ufl.edu

Affiliate Appointments

  • Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Department of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
  • Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Orthopaedics, University of Utah
  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • M.A., Medical Humanities & Bioethics, Northwestern University
  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University
Link to C.V.

Graduate Student Researchers

Chloe Baratta

Ph.D. Student 
Biomedical Engineering
Fall 2020 – present

Sarah Barron

Ph.D. Candidate 
Biomedical Engineering
Fall 2019 – present

Maximillian Diaz

Ph.D. Student 
Biomedical Engineering
Fall 2020 – present
NSF Graduate Research Fellow Program

Kalyn Kearney

Ph.D. Candidate
Biomedical Engineering
Fall 2018 – present
NSF Graduate Research Fellow Program

Tamara Ordonez Diaz

Ph.D. Candidate
Biomedical Engineering
Fall 2018 – present

Lillian Penick

M.S. Student
Biomedical Engineering
Fall 2021 – present

Medical Student Researchers

Kevin Hao

Medical Honors Program (2019 – present)
B.S. Biology (2017 – 2021)
Research: orthopaedic biomechanics, hand-object contact, & ankle syndesmosis
Joined January 2018
University Scholar 2018-2019

Undergraduate Student Researchers

Karley Baringer

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Research: ankle biomechanics, gait simulations, & musculoskeletal modeling
Joined February 2021

Mariangel Benejam

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Research: ultrasound imaging, lower limb biomechanics
Joined May 2022

Naomi Fils

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Research: hand biomechanics, force production, pain experience
Joined May 2022

Nicholas Jackson

Major: Computer Science
Research: ankle biomechanics,
image processing, & machine learning
Joined September 2019

Pavitpaul Makkar

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Research: motion capture, baseball biomechanics
Joined February 2022

Alec McGregor

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Research: ankle biomechanics, imaging processing, machine learning
Joined February 2022

Cassidy Sheldon

Major: Applied Physiology & Kinesiology
Research: ankle biomechanics, motion capture, medical imaging
Joined September 2021

Jenielle Urquia

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Research: hand biomechanics, musculoskeletal modeling, motion capture
Joined May 2022

Megan Yip

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Research: hand biomechanics, musculoskeletal modeling & simulation
Joined September 2021

Lab Alumni

Graduate Student Alumni
  • Shuo Chen, M.S. (Applied Physiology & Kinesiology)
  • Zachary Graves, M.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Paola Diaz, M.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Yasniary Morales, M.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
Undergraduate Alumni
  • Yasmina Bassi, B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
  • J. Stephen Blackman, B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Gabriel Brosula (Computer Science)
  • Jonathan Charles, B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Olivia Dansereau, B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Lavanya Durai, B.S. (Biology & Political Science)
  • Koen Flores, B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Taylor Hilton, B.S. (Biological Engineering)
  • Samuel Licht, B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Nicolas Lopez, B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Kendall Moran, B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Corinne Meyers (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  • Guo Qian, B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Taylor Rakauskas, B.S. (Nutritional Sciences)
  • Mica Rionda, B.S. (Material Science & Engineering)
  • Kelly Rojas (Visiting Student from FIU; McNair Scholar)
  • Colin Smith, B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Kristin Thorne, B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)