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 meniscus extrusion, ultrasonographic and optical tracking assessment of shoulder motion, designing a way to robotically control the hip
joint, as well as controlling the 6-DOF robotic manipulator for other studies.
Gerald Ferrer, BS
PhD Student Researcher
Gerald Ferrer is a Bioengineering PhD candidate in the Orthopaedic Robotics Laboratory and is supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Gerald graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a
Bachelor’s of Science in Bioengineering with a concentration in biomechanics and a minor in Mechanical Engineering. Gerald's current work is focused on quantifying location specific mechanical properties in tendons using different
ultrasound techniques and understanding key biomechanical factors that influence rotator cuff tear propagation through computational models.
Sene Polamalu, BS
PhD Student Researcher
Sene Polamalu is a second 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 first 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 Yamakawa, PhD
Visiting Research Scholar
Satoshi Yamakawa obtained a Ph.D. of Engineering from Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo Japan (2017). He has a 7-year research background, mainly focused on knee and ankle biomechanics using a robot testing system at Tokyo Metropolitan
University, Tokyo, Japan (2011-2018). He is currently interested in elbow biomechanics using the STARⅣ system and knee biomechanics using computational simulation. In the future he plans on developing a new apparatus for joint biomechanics.
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.
Christopher Gibbs, MD
Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, Clinician Scientist Research Track
Chris Gibbs is a second year Orthopaedic Surgery resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center training to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Molecular Biology from Grove City College
in 2014, and earned his medical degree from Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in 2018. His current work includes ultrasound evaluation of chronic rotator cuff tears and shoulder instability as well as the effects of traumatic dislocation
on the glenohumeral capsule.
Yukun Zhang, BS
Master Candidate 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.
Tyler Wilps, BS
Medical Student Researcher
Tyler Wilps is a medical student at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University who is dedicating a year for research at the Orthopaedic Robotics Laboratory. Tyler graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s
of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance as well as a minor in Chemistry. Tyler's current work is focused on characterizing posterolateral rotary stability of the elbow during active motion at different
arm positions using the novel robotic actuation apparatus. Future directions include studying the effect of dynamic stabilization on medial collateral ligament injury of the elbow in the baseball pitching motion.
Undergraduate Student Researcher
Jocelyn Hawk is an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a major in Bioengineering and a minor in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, she is working on a project to determine injury patterns in the glenohumeral
capsule following multiple severe anterior shoulder dislocations. In the future, she plans to attend graduate school.
Michael Kassabian is an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a major in Bioengineering and a minor in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Biomechanics. Currently, he is working on a project to record
and analyze the effects of physical therapy on shoulder kinematics in subjects with rotator cuff injuries.
Rachel Martello is an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a major in Bioengineering and a minor in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, she is working on a project to quantify anatomical changes in the proximal
humerus resulting from rotator cuff tears varying in severity and location. In the future, she plans to go into industry to design prosthetics.