2015 Candidates for Student Representatives

Posted on March 29, 2015

Maurice Mohr, Canada

mohrI obtained a B.Sc. in “Sports and Technology” from the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, Germany in 2012. Following a year of internships in research and industry, I started a M.Sc. in Kinesiology with specialization in Biomechanics at the Human Performance Laboratory within the University of Calgary in 2014. During the current term, I am going to transfer into the PhD program to pursue a doctoral degree in Biomechanics under the direction of Dr. Benno Nigg and Carolyn Emery. I expect to graduate in 2017. My research is on human lower extremity biomechanics and motor control. Specifically, to understand long-term consequences of a previous knee injury on knee joint biomechanics and lower-extremity muscle activation patterns and how they relate to the development of post-traumatic osteoarthritis. I am currently holding a position as the VP Academic of the Graduate Student Association within my department. I would like build up on the experience in organizing academic student events that I have gained from this position and serve as the new student representative on the next ISB Executive Council.

The mandate of the ISB is to promote the study of all areas of biomechanics at an international level. As the next ISB student representative, my aim is to strengthen this mandate within the community of biomechanics students worldwide. As an international student from Europe, I noticed that while the ISB is greatly represented among students in North America, there is the opportunity to expand the community by trying to attract new ISB student members from Europe, Asia-Australia and economically developing countries. In biomechanics research institutions, particularly outside of North America, student funding and mentorship are often difficult to obtain. The ISB and previous ISB student representatives have established excellent programs, from travel and thesis grants to online mentorship and career development workshops at ISB congresses. My goal is to build on these successful programs by increasing the exposure of biomechanics students worldwide to the opportunities offered by the ISB. Being a student at the Human Performance Laboratory in Calgary puts me in a unique position to achieve this goal. As a great number of ISB researchers have worked in or with the HPL in Calgary at some point, I have access to a unique academic network that I can use to directly contact ISB members and students worldwide.


Emmanuel Souza da Rocha, Brazil

rochaMy name is Emmanuel Souza da Rocha. I am Master student in Physical Education under supervision of Dr Felipe Carpes at the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil. My intended graduation date is March 2016 and I want to continue my research in a Ph.D. program right after. My background is Physiotherapy, with special interesting in the acute effects of exercise on biomechanics of locomotion. Since 2010 I am involved in research projects related to biomechanics of human movement in Dr Carpes’ lab, and in 2012 I received an ISB travel grant that allowed me to visit Dr Darren Stefanyshyn’s group in the Human Performance Lab at University of Calgary. In the last two years I have been serving as the student representative in the Board of Directors of the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics.

As your representative in the executive council of ISB I will work to engage more students in the society, establish academic relationships between students from different places of the world, create strategies for divulgation of professional opportunities for students, like online courses and webinar (in which I have already been involved), congresses, grants opportunities and make my best to be your voice in the ISB Executive Council meetings.


Kirsty McDonald, Australia

mcdonaldKirsty McDonald is a PhD Candidate in the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health at the University of Western Australia (UWA). She completed a Bachelor of Science degree at UWA in 2011, following which she was offered a Postgraduate Scholar position with the Australian Institute of Sport Biomechanics Department. Relocating to Canberra, Ms McDonald spent the following year assisting in the provision of biomechanical support to Australian Olympic, Paralympic and junior/developing athletes. In 2013, she returned to Perth to complete a BSc (Honours) investigating the role of arch compression and metatarsophalangeal joint dynamics in modulating plantar fascia strain in running. She commenced her PhD the following year, under the supervision of Dr. Jonas Rubenson, Dr. Brendan Lay and Dr. Cyril Donnelly. With a keen interest in human locomotor biomechanics, the overarching aim of her project is to explore and refine energetic, cost-based hypotheses of neuromuscular function in walking to encompass the adapted, goal-directed, locomotor behaviour of adults in both stable and unstable environments. Ms McDonald is the recipient of the Rod Fry Prize and the inaugural Frank Pyke Memorial Scholarship, was invited to perform the Valedictory address at her Graduation Ceremony, and her current PhD candidature is being financially supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award and UWA Safety Net Top-Up Scholarship. Ms McDonald is also employed by the University as a casual teaching assistant.

Ms McDonald says “If given the opportunity to serve as the ISB Student Representative I would, first and foremost, aim to continue to foster the strong supportive environment provided to students by the Society. It would also be my goal to further enhance the visibility of the ISB student support network and available resources and to expand the ISB student community to incorporate a broad range of relevant postgraduate fields. In addition, I would hope to facilitate a good social culture among ISB student members at international events.”


Ligia Cristiane Santos Fonseca, Germany

fonsecaLigia Cristiane Santos Fonseca is a research assistant at the Department of Rehabilitation & Prevention Engineering, Institute of Applied Medical Engineering at the Helmholtz Institute, RWTH Aachen University, Germany. She graduated with a Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy in 2009, received her Master in Human Development and Technologies in 2012, both from UNESP Univ Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”, Brazil. After finishing her studies, she had a scholarship as a technical laboratory assistant at UNSEP, focusing on the balance of elderly. In this occupation her focus lied on the understanding of muscular control mechanism of balance on elderly fallers and non-fallers. From 2012 to 2013, she worked as a temporary professor at UFMS Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande/MS, Brazil. During this Profession she was responsible for the lectures: public health, kinesiology, kinesiotherapy and ethics. In 2013 she applied for a scholarship of Science Without Boarders/CAPES and was accepted as a PhD Student at RWTH Aachen University, by supervision of Prof. Dr. Catherine Disselhorst-Klug, to start in April 2014 and intends to finish March 2018. Her particular research interests are focused on kinematic and kinetic analyses based on biomechanics and on neuromuscular performance to improve diagnosis, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunction. Ligia has published 3 articles and 2 book chapters.

She expects to contribute to ISB Student Representative with her expertise of four years as a student representative at the Academic Advising during her bachelor studies and to be as helpful as possible to students starting their first steps in the biomechanics field.

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