Calvin Chan, MS
Calvin Chan is the research engineer for the Orthopaedic Robotics Laboratory. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering, a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Biomedical
Engineering with a focus in biomechanics, and a minor in Robotics. Calvin is currently working on a variety of research projects in the lab involoving the knee, shoulder, ankle, spine, and elbow. He is also designing new ways to robotically
control different joints for other studies.
Sene Polamalu, BS
PhD Student Researcher
Sene Polamalu is a third year Bioengineering PhD student in the Orthopaedic Robotics Laboratory and is supported by the Pitt STRIVE Program. Sene graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Mathematics.
Sene’s current work is focused on bony morphology of the knee with regards to ACL injuries using methods including statistical shape modeling.
Luke Mattar, BS
PhD Student Researcher
Luke Mattar is a second year Bioengineering PhD student in the Orthopaedic Robotics Laboratory and is supported by a National Institutes of Health grant. Luke graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor's of Science in
Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Biomechanics. Luke's current work is focused on predicting the outcome of exercise therapy for treatment of rotator cuff tears based upon in vivo kinematic analyses and various other parameters.
Satoshi Takeuchi, MD
Satoshi Takeuchi is an orthopedic surgeon from Nagoya City University in Japan. His research interests are shoulder biomechanics using the robotic system and ultrasound related research. His current research focuses on robotic simulation
of shoulder dislocation.
Philipp Winkler, MD
Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, Research Fellow
Philipp Winkler is a first year Orthopaedic Surgery resident at the Technical University of Munich (Germany) to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon. He graduated at the Medical University of Innsbruck in 2019 and earned his medical degree. His
current work includes evaluation of meniscal tears as well as clinical research on complex knee injuries.
Nyaluma Wagala, MD
Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, Clinician Scientist Research Track
Nya Wagala is a second year Orthopaedic Surgery resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center training to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts and Minor in Chemistry and earned her medical
degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City after completing their 6 year combined BA/MD program in 2019. Her current work includes looking at the effects of traumatic shoulder dislocation on the glenohumeral capsule.
Yukun Zhang, MS
Master Student Researcher
Yukun Zhang is a second year master student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Bioengineering. Currently, he is working on a project to obtain the stiffness matrix characteristics of the human knee. In the future, he is planning
on continuing for PhD study.
Undergraduate Student Researcher
Yulia Yatsenko is a second year undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Bioengineering. She is working on a study that compares different suture type and configurations for the stabilization of tibial eminence avulsion
fractures. In the future, she is planning on working in the prosthetics and orthotics industry.
Taylor Brightman is a second year undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Bioengineering. Her current research project focuses on tracking the permanent deformation in the glenohumeral capsule due to multiple shoulder
dislocations with aims of providing injury specific repair. In the future, she is planning on working in the biomedical device industry.
Onye Ezeakudo is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Bioengineering. Currently, he is working on a project to quantify glenohumeral capsular volume using MR arthrograms. In the future, he is planning
on working in the medical device industry.