- Pippa Nicolson
- Charlotte Raynor
- Kim Allison, PhD Candidate
Kim graduated from the Bachelor of Physiotherapy Program at Melbourne University in 2004. Since then she has worked in sports practice in Australia and London. Kim has worked with elite dancers and tennis squads and has completed extensive training in Clinical Pilates through research and training at Dance Medicine Australia. Currently, Kim is completing her PhD which investigated neuromuscular and biomechanical impairments in people with gluteal tendinopathy. When not in the lab, Kim enjoys running and as much travel as she can.
- Laura Diamond, PhD Candidate
Laura graduated with a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Dalhousie University, Canada with a specialisation in human biomechanics. Her research utilises engineering principles to understand control of movement and its influence on diseases like osteoarthritis. She is in the final year of her PhD at the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine. Her thesis investigates neuromuscular function and biomechanics in individuals with symptomatic femoroacetabular impingement. Through the examination of hip muscle synergies, in conjunction with hip and pelvis biomechanics, this research aims to provide a new understanding of the impaired function in this patient population. When not busy being a nerd, Laura is an aspiring tennis player and a hot yoga addict.
- Belinda Lawford, PhD Candidate
Belinda is currently pursuing a PhD at CHESM, investigating telephone-delivered care for people with knee osteoarthritis. She completed her Bachelor of Medical Science at the Australian National University in Canberra, and her honours year at the University of South Australia in Adelaide. Outside of uni, Belinda likes to run or ride her bike.
- Nicolas Newcomb, PhD Candidate
Nicolas graduated as a master of medicine at the end of 2013 from the University of Zurich. In pursuit of his doctorate in medicine he received a Doc.mobility grant from the Swiss National Foundation to research the biomechanical effects of bracing on femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) at the University of Melbourne under Dr. Kim Bennell. Through 2014 and 2016 he has been working both on the project named above, and is conducting an epidemiological study regarding FAI in an early 20th century population of desiccated skeletal remains with the University of Zurich's Institute of Evolutionary Medicine. His immediate future plans include the USMLE Step 2, clinical specialisation, and the development of socially equitable medical-decision support systems. In his free time, Nick is an avid marathoner, soccer player, and otherwise enjoys guitar, reading, cooking, and spending time with his fiancé.
- Philippa Nicolson, PhD Candidate
Pip completed her BPhty at the University of Otago in 2006 and has worked in orthopaedic inpatient and outpatient departments since. Her PhD is investigating multiple aspects of adherence to exercise among people with knee osteoarthritis; the relationship between adherence and outcomes; how we measure adherence and what we can do to improve it. Aside from research Pip enjoys still working clinically, cycling, baking and any outdoor adventures in NZ.
- Adrian Pranata, PhD Candidate
Adrian is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and a current PhD student at CHESM. Having completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy and later Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Adrian works clinically two days a week at a private practice. He is currently completing his PhD on lumbar extensor muscle force control and lifting biomechanics in people with chronic low back pain. In his spare time, Adrian enjoys listening to music, going to the gym and watching movies.
- Tim Sayer, PhD Candidate
Tim completed his DPT in 2013 at The University of Melbourne and currently works in private practice with a mixed caseload of musculoskeletal patients. In 2014, he commenced his PhD, which is investigating the influence of athletic footwear on knee biomechanics during pubertal development in girls, with implications for non-contact ACL injury and patellofemoral pain. During his free time, he enjoys cycling, basketball, soccer and socialising with friends and family.
- Lauren Sosdian, PhD Candidate
After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering in 2011 from Clemson University in South Carolina, Lauren graduated from the University of Oxford in 2012 with a Masters in Biomedical engineering. Following her MSc degree, Lauren moved to Melbourne in 2013 to start her PhD at CHESM. Her PhD is focused on biomechanics and knee joint loading after total knee replacement. Outside of the lab, Lauren enjoys traveling, yoga, and reading any type of fiction.
- Xinyang Wang, PhD Candidate
Xinyang graduated from clinical medicine and specialized in Orthopedics in China. He is currently pursuing an PhD in CHESM with an emphasis on joint morphology and cartilage T2 imaging in people after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using MRI. His interests are in sports medicine, osteoarthritis and orthopedics. In his spare time, Xinyang enjoys running, meditation, playing basketball, and Chinese martial arts.
- Sarah Ward, PhD Candidate
Sarah is a doctoral student whose research interests include the biomechanical and neuromuscular consequences of ACL rupture and reconstruction. She graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Science in 2007, and a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Otago in 2010. Following graduation Sarah worked as a musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapist in New Zealand before heading to Melbourne in 2013 to begin her PhD. Sarah was a visiting scholar at UNC for the fall semester in 2015.