In the following section are all the people involved in OIBG.

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Tom Oxland


Phone: (604)-675-8834
Fax: (604)-675-8849

Dr. Oxland is co-Director of the UBC Orthopaedic and Injury Biomechanics Group. He is a Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Mechanical Engineering and a Principal Investigator at ICORD. He is also the Associate Head in charge of Research within the Department of Orthopaedics. Dr. Oxland obtained his PhD from Yale University. After his PhD Dr. Oxland worked at a spine implant company, SpineTech Inc. in Minneapolis and then at the Muller Institute for Biomechanics at the University of Bern. In 1997 he moved to UBC and established the Orthopaedic Engineering Research Division within the Department of Orthopaedics. This Division was inactivated in the summer of 2009 at which time the Orthopaedic and Injury Biomechanics Group was founded. His major research interests include the management of bone loss problems, biomechanics of spine fixation systems and spinal cord injury. He is a member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, the American Society of Biomechanics as well as the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society. Educational activities include the teaching of a course in Orthopaedic Biomechanics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the regular facilitation of Instructional Skills Workshops within the UBC Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth.

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Peter Cripton


Phone: (604)-822-6629 (at UBC main Campus)
Phone: (604)-675-8835 (at ICORD – VGH)
Fax: (604)-675-8849

Dr. Cripton is co-Director of the UBC Orthopaedic and Injury Biomecahnics Group. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, an Associate Faculty Member in the Department of Orthopaedics and a Principal Investigator at ICORD at UBC. He obtained his PhD from Queen’s University, with postdoctoral work at Yale University. Prior to coming to UBC in 2003 he worked as a consulting engineer at Exponent, Failure Analysis Associates in Philadelphia, PA. At UBC he established the UBC Injury Biomechanics Laboratory. This laboratory was merged into the Orthopaedic and Injury Biomechanics lab in 2009. Dr. Cripton is a member of the American Society for Testing Materials, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the International Society of Biomechanics, and the Orthopaedic Research Society. He is a Principal Investigator in the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, focussing on the prevention of injury and pathology at the hip.
Dr. Cripton’s research interests include injury prevention, spine and hip biomechanics, impact biomechanics, spinal cord injury, and spinal implant biomechanics. In addition to developing a helmet to prevent spinal cord injuries during head first impacts in sports called the Pro-Neck-Tor™ helmet, Dr. Cripton and colleagues perform research focused on preventing hip fractures. Other specific projects focus on preventing spinal injuries in the vulnerable geriatric and pediatric populations, developing improved mechanical surrogates for injury experiments (i.e. crash test dummy necks and physical models of the spinal cord), and using advanced MRI imaging techniques to better understand spinal cord injury.

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Alexander Burden

Research Engineer

B.Eng in Biomedical Engineering (University of Victoria)

Phone: (604)-675-8845

Alex Burden is a research engineer and lab admin at the OIBG. He completed his B.Eng in Biomedical Engineering at UVic in 2016. He has previously worked in prosthesis development and computer vision. At the OIBG, Alex manages the histology lab, supports students’ projects, and continues studies on multi-mechanism injury models. His personal interests include board games, reading, traveling, and scuba diving.

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Luis Dias

Research Engineer

B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of British Columbia)

Phone: (778)-953-1801

Luis Joined OIBG after 5 years of working in industry, focusing on research and development of medical devices. His role as a lab administrator is to ensure students have the support they need for their projects, and performs various routine administrative duties for the lab. He also works on his own research projects, largely focused on biomechanics of injury. In his personal life, Luis is an avid outdoorsman and spends much of his time in the BC wilderness.

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Kurt McInnes

M.A.Sc. (University of British Columbia)

B.Eng (McGill)

Kurt is a research engineer at the OIBG. He is currently involved in collaboration efforts with Dr. Brian Kwon’s group (spinal cord injury) and with Dr. Cheryl Wellington’s group (brain injury). Within these collaborations, he is in charge of all the engineering related to the devices used in their injury model and related measurement equipment. His duties also include training new students/volunteers/staff in the use of certain equipment, performing equipment maintenance, purchasing general lab/office supplies and project specific equipment and consulting with and assisting students for their research projects.

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Loay Al-Salehi

PhD Candidate

B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (RWTH Aachen)

Phone: (604)-675-8845

Loay is currently pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering. He completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the RWTH in his hometown Aachen, Germany in 2014 and 2017, respectively. During his Masters, Loay worked at several labs at UBC, including the OIBG. His PhD work is about neck muscle and intervertebral dynamics in rollover crashes, where he will conduct tests with human subjects to better comprehend injury mechanisms in head-first impact situations. Besides his work at the OIBG, Loay likes travelling, listening to podcasts, and playing soccer.

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Masoud Malakoutian

PhD Candidate

M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of British Columbia)

Phone: (604)-675-8845

Masoud’s project is focused on examining spinal muscle properties in sagittal deformity patients. Masoud has developed an apparatus with which he measures the passive properties of single muscle fibers and muscle fiber bundles. He also has developed a musculoskeletal model of the lumbar spine using ArtiSynth, with which the spinal forces can be estimated during daily activities. Through the combination of the model with his experimental data, Masoud hopes to shed more light on the potential causes of hunchback in elderly population.

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Noor Shaikh

PhD Candidate

B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science/Biomedical Systems Engineering (University of Toronto)

Phone: (604)-675-8845

Noor is pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. She is investigating upright magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for lumbopelvic musculature with application to adult spinal deformity. Previously, Noor completed her BASc in Engineering Science majoring in Biomedical Systems Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2016.

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Graham Fonseca

M.A.Sc. Student

B.E.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (Western University)

Phone: (604)-675-8845

Graham is currently in the 2nd year of his M.A.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering at UBC. His research involves the design and construction of a biofidelic omnidirectional surrogate neck for head first impacts, head impacts in the transverse plane and inertial loading as in motor vehicle collisions. Previously he received a B.E.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from Western University. When not busy with school, Graham enjoys hiking, skiing, gardening and playing hockey.

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Anoosha Pai S

M.A.Sc. Student

B.E. in Mechanical Engineering (BMS College of Engineering, Autonomous under the Visvesvaraya Technological University, India)

Phone: (604)-675-8845

Anoosha is currently pursuing her Master of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering. She is investigating the effect of different postures on the thoracic spine and muscle morphology. She is also interested to see if thoracic spine and muscles parameters for an individual in one posture can be predicted from data in another posture. On the long term, this study aims to contribute to developing patient-specific, pre-operative spine-models. When not busy with school she enjoys cooking, running, singing, Netflixing and catching up with friends.

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Sarah Romani

M.A.Sc. Student

B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of British Columbia)

Phone: (604)-675-8845

Sarah completed her bachelors in Applied Science from UBC in 2018. She is currently a Masters student working on the development of a surrogate upper cervical spine for use in an omnidirectional neck for crash test dummies. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, hockey, yoga and reading.

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Justin Yu

M.A.Sc. Student

B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Waterloo)

Phone: (604)-675-8845

Justin graduated with a BASc in Mechanical Engineering with an option in Biomechanics from the University of Waterloo in 2015. After graduating, he worked for two years in manufacturing as a Project Engineer before starting his MASc in Biomedical Engineering at UBC in 2017 under Dr. Tom Oxland. His research focuses on investigating the material properties of the spinal cord, specifically the relative anisotropy within the gray and white matter. This work aims to improve existing computational models used to study spinal cord injury biomechanics with the purpose of improving human injury modeling.

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Josh French

R&D Engineering Assistant

Phone: (604)-675-8845

Josh is currently pursuing a B.A.Sc. in Integrated Engineering with a Minor in Entrepreneurship from the University of British Columbia. He works on both the commercialization plan and engineering development of a novel helmet to prevent catastrophic spinal cord injuries. Other extracurricular pursuits include his role as a Team Lead on the UBC Biomedical Engineering Student Team – Enable Project. In his free time Josh enjoys handcrafted coffee, bullet journaling, hockey, and reading.

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Carlos Antonio Sanchez

Postdoctoral Fellow

BASc (Queen’s University), MMath (University of Waterloo), PhD (University of British Columbia)

Phone: (604)-675-8845

Antonio is investigating techniques and building tools for the creation and simulation of patient-specific models of the spine. The goal is to use these models in personalized treatment planning for spine interventions, and in designing patient-customized implants. He is also one of the lead software developers of ArtiSynth, a biomechanics simulation platform developed at the University of British Columbia. When not working, Antonio enjoys running, hiking, camping, cycling, and pretty much any other activity that gets him out aside and enjoying nature.

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Shun Yamamoto

Visiting International Student & PhD Candidate

MD (Jikei University School of Medicine)

Phone: (778)-772-4051

Shun Yamamoto is a spine surgeon from Japan and working at Tom Oxland’s lab for spine research from September 2017. He graduated Jikei University School of Medicine in March 2009 and worked as an orthopedics doctor for 10 years. He went to Jikei Graduate School of Medicine in April 2017 and came to UBC as a part of his PhD course. His current interest is biomechanics of trunk muscles. He also practices Karate and has a black belt.

  • Jackie Soicher, M.A.Sc
  • Robyn Newell, Post Doctoral Researcher Fellow
  • Vanessa Thomson, M.A.Sc
  • Tim Bhatnagar, Ph.D
  • Carolyne Albert, Ph.D.
  • Sebastián Arboleda, Research Engineer
  • Oscar Ariza, M.A.Sc.
  • Chris Bailey MD, Surgeon Collaborator
  • James Boak, M.A.Sc.
  • Doug Bourne
  • Jason Chak, M.Eng., Consulting Engineer
  • Kinon Chen, Post Doctoral Researcher Fellow
  • Jesse Chen, Orthopaedic Surgeon from China
  • Anthony Choo, Ph.D.
  • Christopher Dennison, Post Doctoral Research Fellow
  • Seth Gilchrist, Ph.D.
  • Lynne Feehan, Ph.D.
  • Hanspeter Frei, Ph.D.
  • Miranda Jamieson, M.A.Sc.
  • Claire Jones, M.A.Sc., Ph.D.
  • Shannon Kroeker, M.A.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate at University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Chadwick Larson, M.A.Sc., Research Engineer
  • Kelsey McGivern, M.A.Sc
  • M’Beth Schoenfeld, M.A.Sc.
  • Thomas Whyte, Ph.D.
  • Ingmar Fleps, Ph.D.
  • Murielle Vuille, M.Sc.
  • Sandeep Sadaramsand, M.Eng.
  • Zelalem Abebe, M.Sc.
  • Liam Sharkey, M.A.Sc.
  • Kurt McInnes, M.A.Sc., Research Engineer
  • Heather Murray, M.A.Sc.
  • Tim Nelson, PhD, Research Engineer
  • Dr. Tianlin Wen, Visiting Scientist from China
  • Danmei Lui, Post Doctoral Researcher
  • Allon Messenberg, M.A.Sc.
  • Kevin Ming, M.A.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate at University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • Philip Morley, M.A.Sc., Research Engineer, Stress Engineer in Metal and Mininig Industry
  • Christina Niosi
  • Colin Russell, M.A.Sc., Research Engineer
  • Amy Saari, M.A.Sc., Consulting Engineer
  • Maryam Shahrokni, M.A.Sc.
  • Simon Sjovold, M.A.Sc.
  • Carolyn Sparrey, M.A.Sc.
  • Meena Sran, PhD.
  • Fabian Steiner, M.A.Sc. (University of Bern, Switzerland), Engineer, Mathys AG Bettlach, Switzerland
  • Juay Seng Tan, Ph.D.
  • Derek Wilson, M.A.Sc.
  • Carolyn Van Toen, Ph.D.
  • Qingan Zhu, Ph.D. Visiting Scientist from China
  • Caron Fournier, Research Engineer
  • Angela Melnyk, M.A.Sc., Research Engineer
  • Hannah Gustafson, Ph.D.
  • Stephen Mattucci, Ph.D.
  • Bartholomew Scicchitano, M.A.Sc.
  • Cameron Stuart, M.A.Sc.
  • Jason Speidel, M.A.Sc.
  • Jenn Dowling-Medley, M.A.Sc.