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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

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. Student 
Biomedical Engineering
Fall 2019 – present

Maximillian Diaz

Ph.D. Student 
Biomedical Engineering
Fall 2020 – present

Kalyn Kearney

Ph.D. Candidate
Biomedical Engineering
Fall 2018 – present

Tamara Ordonez Diaz

Ph.D. Candidate
Biomedical Engineering
Fall 2018 – 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

Gabriel Brosula

Major: Computer Science
Research: hand biomechanics, machine learning, & musculoskeletal simulation
Joined January 2020

Lavanya Durai

Major: Biology & Political Science
Research: hand biomechanics, physical function, & experimental design
Joined February 2021

Taylor Hilton

Major: Biological Engineering
Research: hand biomechanics &
motion capture
Joined July 2019
University Scholar 2021-2022

Nicholas Jackson

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

Samuel Licht

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Research: hand biomechanics, instrumentation, & force measurement
Joined February 2021

Kendall Moran

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Research: hand biomechanics &
musculoskeletal simulations
Joined October 2018
University Scholar 2021-2022

Taylor Rakauskas

Major: Nutritional Sciences
Research: musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging
Joined October 2018
University Scholar 2021-2022

Kristin Thorne

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Research: shoulder biomechanics
Joined January 2020

Lab Alumni

Graduate Student Alumni
  • Shuo Chen, M.S. (Applied Physiology & Kinesiology)
  • 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)
  • Jonathan Charles, B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Olivia Dansereau, B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Koen Flores, B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Nicolas Lopez, B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Corinne Meyers (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  • Guo Qian, B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Mica Rionda, B.S. (Material Science & Engineering)
  • Kelly Rojas (Visiting Student from FIU; McNair Scholar)
  • Colin Smith, B.S. (Biomedical Engineering)