In the following section are all the people involved in OIBG.
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.
Phone: (604)-822-6629 (at UBC main Campus)
Phone: (604)-675-8835 (at ICORD – VGH)
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.
Caron has been working in Histopathology laboratories for the past 28 years since graduating from U.B.C. with a Bachelor’s in Science-Cell Biology. She is a registered Technologist with the Canadian Society of Med Lab Science, specializing in Electron Microscopy but have worked doing many different histology techniques, including immunohistochemistry, frozen sectioning, special stains, colloidal gold for E.M. immunohistochemistry and many others. Caron’s also received her Certificate for B.C. grades k-12. She is currently working with OIBG on any project that needs histology or any related technical advise or assistance. This job allows her to satisfy her curiosity and desire to be a life long learner. She enjoys working with Tom and the students, Post Docs and figuring out each project and what needs to be done. Prior to starting in the OIBG Lab, Caron worked for Olympus as an Imaging Specialist selling, installing and training people on new microscope imaging systems and image analysis software. This has also come in handy for the current position with OIBG.
M.A.Sc. (University of British Columbia)
Phone: (604) 675-8827
Angela Melnyk completed her MASc in Mechanical Engineering in December 2010. After studying in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC under the supervision of Dr. Tom Oxland in the field of orthopaedic biomechanics, she continued her role with the group as a Research Engineer. She works on multiple projects involving the spine. Her personal interests include playing board games and cards, baking and cake decorating.
M.A.Sc. (University of British Columbia)
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.
M.S. and B.S. (Ohio State University)
Hannah is currently pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering. Hannah completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 2007 and 2009, respectively. For her Masters, she investigated if the pressure in cadaveric livers during an impact could be used to predict abdominal injury. This work has application in improving the design of crash test dummy abdomens.
When not busy with school, Hannah enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, running, reading, traveling, and knitting.
B.A.Sc. (University of Tehran)
M.A.Sc. (University of British Columbia)
Right after finishing his undergrad in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran, Masoud joined OIBG to pursue his Masters in Mechanical Engineering at UBC under supervision of Dr. Tom Oxland. His master’s project on studying the mechanics of the segment adjacent to a lumbar spine fusion is twofold: first, to review the literature on in vivo kinematics of the adjacent segment to see how its range of motion changes over the time; and second, to develop a musculoskeletal model of lumbar spine in ArtiSynth, (a java-based UBC-developed biomechanical toolkit) and investigate the effects of changes of the adjacent segment kinematics on spine loading. His personal interests is mainly reading books in philosophy and epistemology, playing volleyball and hanging out with friends during hiking Vancouver’s awesome trails!
M.A.Sc. (University of Waterloo)
B.S. (University of British Columbia)
Steve is from Mississauga Ontario, but he came out west and attained his bachelor degree at UBC before returning to Ontario to complete his Masters at the University of Waterloo, where he conducted research on cervical spine material properties. He is now back at UBC working on his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Tom Oxland studying the Biomechanics of Spinal Cord Injury. His research is focusing on the effects of different variables such as injury mechanism and impact velocity on the effectiveness of early surgical decompression treatment. Steve likes to get outside as much as possible. In the summer he likes to go backcountry camping in the mountains and forests – hoping to see wildlife, and in the winter he makes good use of being so close to Whistler.
BSc. (Theoretical Physics), B.Eng. (Mechanical Sports) (University of Adelaide)
Bart worked as a contract research engineer at the Adelaide Center for Spinal Research, SA Pathology, from January 2013 to July 2013. Bart’s time was spent continuing his honors research which focused on implementing the Digital Image Correlation technique for strain measurement of the lumbar vertebrae in a spondylolysis model. Other research interests of Bart’s include finite element analysis, intervertebral disc mechanics, brain trauma and carbon fiber reinforced composites. In his spare time, Bart enjoys skiing, cycling and water polo.
B.A.Sc (University of British Columbia)
Phone: (604) 675-8845
Cameron graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Biomedical. His work focuses on improving protocols for helmet testing which incorporates higher impact velocities and rotational head acceleration. Specifically, his research aims to characterize the typical snow sport head impacts through a retrospective medical record review and to develop a helmet testing apparatus that can be used in the field and recreate relevant skiing and snowboarding accidents.
B.Eng (University of Guelph)
Phone: (604) 675-8845
The specifics of her thesis/research have not yet been determined but will be focusing on modelling shear loading in the spine.
- 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
- 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