Biographies for 2017 Council Candidates

Posted on March 27, 2017


Daniel Benoit, Canada

Born in Ottawa Canada, Dr. Daniel Benoit worked for three years as director of a clinical biomechanics laboratory in Perugia Italy before moving to Stockholm-Sweden where he was awarded his PhD from the Karolinska Institutet (2005). He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware (2006). In 2007 he returned to Canada and joined the University of Ottawa, where he is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and member of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Benoit’s research focuses primarily on human movement biomechanics and neuromuscular control, in particular knee injuries and the dynamic stabilisation of the lower limb.

He attended his first ISB Congress in 1999 and has been an active member ever since. He speaks English, French, Italian and Swedish and his international experience makes him ideally suited for the ISB executive. Over the past two years he has been the ISB Sponsorship Officer and believes the ISB needs to reinforce its position as the premier society representing the broader international biomechanics community. He would like to create new sponsorship models accessible to smaller companies and promote initiatives aimed at maintaining the long term viability of the society.


Thor Besier, New Zealand

Thor is an Associate Professor at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland. He completed his PhD at The University of Western Australia (2000) and was a postdoc in Bioengineering at Stanford from 2003-2006. He joined the Department of Orthopaedics at Stanford (2006-2010), before returning home to New Zealand in 2011. Thor’s research combines medical imaging with computational modelling to understand mechanisms of injury and disease. Thor leads an open source software initiative called the Musculoskeletal Atlas Project (MAP) to facilitate the rapid generation of subject-specific musculoskeletal models.

Thor has been a member of the ISB since 1996 and has enjoyed the ISB meetings since attending his first ISB meeting in 1999. He is on the organising committee for the 2017 ISB Congress in Brisbane and is active in strengthening the Australasian biomechanics community. Thor has been the IT Officer on the ISB Council for the last two years and hopes to maintain this role for another term, since it has taken two years to ‘figure it all out’. He is enthusiastic about growing the ISB membership and supporting early career researchers.


Felipe P Carpes, Brazil

Carpes is a professor at the Center for Health Sciences of the Federal University of Pampa, in Brazil, and currently is the president of Brazilian Society of Biomechanics. He conducts research projects within the research group on applied neuromechanics, and collaborates in a number of projects with national and international partners. His research focuses on developing a basic understanding of the production and regulation of movements with studies in humans and other animal models, and applying this information to training and rehabilitation. He develops actions for popularization of science and development of biomechanics in EDC, by organizing online webinars, congresses, and advertising opportunities promoted by the ISB for members.

He says: "In the last two years I had the chance to collaborate with the ISB as a member of the executive council. My portfolio was the EDC officer. If elected for another turn, I will keep working to develop biomechanics in EDC by helping in the establishment of new societies, advising new members about how they can be more active in the ISB, and helping people from EDC to leverage theirs groups and research projects by promoting interaction between scientists and students members of ISB.”


Elizabeth Clarke, Australia

Elizabeth Clarke is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, and Director of the Murray Maxwell Biomechanics Laboratory at the Kolling Institute. She has backgrounds in Biomedical Engineering and Science and was awarded her PhD in 2008. She researches the links between injury mechanisms and pathology.

Elizabeth is currently the representative for Australia on the Asian Pacific Association for Biomechanics (APAB) and on the ISB2017 organising committee. She has served the Australian and New Zealand Society for Biomechanics (ANZSB) continuously since 2009: Communications Officer (2009-11), Secretary/Treasurer (11-14), President (14-16) and now Past-President.

Elizabeth is keen to broaden her service to the international biomechanics community. She has well-established connections with the biomechanics community in the Asian Pacific region through ANZSB and APAB, and would see this as an opportunity to further strengthen links between our members and committees. Elizabeth is also a passionate advocate for gender equity and would promote gender balance in the biomechanics community; e.g. editorial and committee positions and conference speaker representation. She is also a keen supporter of developing career and mentorship opportunities for graduate students and early career researchers – having recently come out the other side of this difficult career stage!


Catherine Disselhorst-Klug, Germany

Catherine Disselhorst-Klug is Professor at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany, where she is the head of the Department of Rehabilitation & Prevention Engineering. Her strong background in engineering science in combination with her expertise in movement physiology forms the basis for her recent research activities which aim to understand physiological and pathological movements based on biomechanics and neuromuscular performance. Her particular research interests are focused on the development of methods improving prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunction. Catherine is with the ISB since 1995. She is the responsible award officer since elected as a member of the ISB council two terms ago.

She says: ”ISB is an outstanding community of colleagues and friends with passion for biomechanics and offers a unique platform to various related disciplines. By creating and linking interfaces between these different disciplines ISB will bridge from basic research to practical application. This includes science transport through education and training to the next generation of young investigators. Teaming-up is the basis for the creative atmosphere of ISB in which rise new ideas and innovative approaches. Therefore, it will be a pleasure to me serving the ISB as executive council member for a third term.”


Zac Domire, USA

I am currently an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at East Carolina University.  I received my Ph.D. in kinesiology from The Pennsylvania State University and completed post-doctoral training in biomedical engineering at The Mayo Clinic.  My primary research interests are aging, skeletal muscle mechanics and the simulation of human movement.  I attended my first ISB Congress in 1999 as a graduate student.  My experiences at this meeting helped shape my interest in pursuing biomechanics research as a career.  Since this meeting, I have attended whenever possible.  This year will be my fourth consecutive and the seventh of the last ten congresses that I have been lucky enough to be able to attend.  For the last three years, I have served on the ISB Student Grant Committee.  This work has reinforced my view of the great potential of the ISB to help develop the careers of young biomechanists and increased my motivation to serve the ISB.  I view serving on the council as an opportunity to give back to a society that has made a big impact on my career.  I would be particularly excited to work on initiatives to enhance research in economically developing countries and encourage international travel for students.


Taija Finni, Finland

Taija Finni is a Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She received PhD in biomechanics in Jyväskylä in 2001 and spent post doc years at UCLA. Prof. Finni’s research ranges from basic neuromuscular function to translational research related to physical activity and sedentary behavior. As a long-term member of the ISB she was elected to executive council in 2015 where she has served as an education officer. She is active promoter of biomechanics among the students at her home university but also in other forums such as in European College of Sport Science where she is a member of the scientific council. She serves as senior section editor in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports and belongs to the editorial board of Clinical Biomechanics.

If elected, Professor Finni will work to improve the participation of young scientists in the ISB. “I was fortunate to participate in ISB congresses very early in my research career and the passion and belonging of the biomechanics community inspired me”, she says. She is also keen to promote talented female researchers, who are traditionally under-represented in major scientific societies, and to facilitate international collaborative multi-disciplinary research.


Mark King, England

 Mark is a Reader in Sports Biomechanics at the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, UK (named as the world’s best sport university, QS World University Rankings 2017).  Mark completed his PhD at Loughborough in 1998 before being appointed as a Lecturer in 1999, Senior Lecturer in 2006 and Reader in 2012 plus Associate Dean for Enterprise with the School in 2017.

Mark’s research focuses on using subject-specific forward dynamics computer simulation models to understand optimum performance and injury risks in sport.  A recent example of this is his research using subject-specific simulation models with the England and Wales Cricket Board to inform the coaching of English fast bowlers.  Mark has been a member of ISB since 1995 attending all but one of the ISB Congresses, and has also been an active member of the ISB Technical Group on Computer Simulation (TGCS) over the same period including being a board member 2005-2010 and chairing the group since 2010.

By being elected to the executive council, Mark hopes to strengthen the links between ISB and the International Society of Sports Biomechanics and help the development of Biomechanics as an area of study throughout the world.


Alberto Leardini, Italy

Alberto has worked at the Movement Analysis Laboratory, Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli - Bologna (Italy) since 1990. He received the Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Orthopaedic Engineering (2001) at the University of Oxford. His initial research focused on methodological issues and clinical applications of human motion analysis. His focus in the methodologies for orthopaedic treatments has evolved then to encompass three-dimensional videofluoroscopy, radiostereometry, and surgical navigation. In his DPhil he made fundamental progresses on the mechanical modeling and prosthesis design of the ankle joints complex. His total ankle replacement has been implanted in thousands of patients. He is now looking at custom designs of this and other articulations.

He has served on several national and international scientific communities, including the founding member of the Società Italiana di Analisi del Movimento in Clinica (SIAMOC), International Foot & Ankle Biomechanics community (i-FAB), and Italian Digital Biomanufacturing Network. He has been President of the Technical Group of 3-D Analysis of Human Movement, and Council Member of the ISB (Student Grants officer since 2013). He strongly believes in the fundamental role of scientific communities not only for uniting efforts and promoting the discipline, but primarily for providing education and opportunities for younger and emerging researchers.


Li Li, USA

Li Li is a professor at Georgia Southern University. Professor Li received his PhD with Biomechanics training from University Massachusetts. He worked at Louisiana State University from 1998 to 2012 (as Endowed professor, 2006-2012) before moving to current position. Professor Li has studied running related injuries using traditional inverse dynamics, inter-segmental methods, and also dynamic systems approach. Professor Li studied neuromuscular control of cyclic human movements during trunk flexion / rotation, walking, running, cycling among different healthy or pathological populations. Comprehensive publication record can be found at:

Professor Li has actively participated ISB since 1999 - attended and presented in the past nine congresses; on behalf of ISB attended 2008 Chinese Association of Biomechanics in Sports annual meeting with professor Walter Herzog and presented the ISB sponsored New Investigator Award during the meeting; and participated ISB development project at the University of the Andes (Merida, Venezuela) with professor Joseph Hamill in 2010. Professor Li hope to serve on the ISB Executive Council in order for him to contribute to the development of the organization, to promote biomechanics education and research worldwide, and to encourage communication and collaboration among biomechanists from different parts of the world.


Glen Lichtwark, Australia

Glen Lichtwark is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at The University of Queensland, Australia. He received his PhD from University College London in 2005 and has worked at the Royal Veterinary College, Imperial College London and Griffith University prior to his current appointment. His research is primarily focused on muscle mechanics and energetics, employing both experimental and simulation approaches to understanding human and animal muscle function and dysfunction.

Dr Lichtwark has been an ISB member since 2003 and has served as an Education Officer in the ISB Council since 2015 and is on the Program Committee for the ISB2017 conference in Brisbane, Australia. He has developed many important international collaborations through the ISB, which have enabled him to develop broad skills that are applicable across different fields of research. He believes in the role that the ISB plays in fostering new and innovative research approaches and values the diverse range of work undertaken across the society. He believes that re-election to the council would enable him to continue to foster interactions across continents and specifically to ensure that mechanisms exist for students to travel and interact with leaders in biomechanics.


Yu Liu, China

Dr. Yu Liu received his Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Frankfurt/M and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the German Sport University, Cologne. He is Distinguished Professor of Chang Jiang Scholars, awarded by the China Ministry of Education, and currently serves as the dean of the School of Kinesiology, Shanghai University of Sport. Dr. Liu’s research focuses on neuromuscular control of human movement and sport engineering. He has served as an executive council member of the ISB (2013-2015), as vice president of the Asia Association of Coaching Science, and as a member of the standing committee of the Chinese Association of Biomechanics. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and 6 book chapters and holds over 10 patents in China and the U.S. Currently, Dr. Liu serves on the editorial board of several national and international journals, including China Sport Science and the Journal of Sport and Health Science.

The mission of ISB is incredibly important to me as reflected in my own scientific interest and research passion. If elected, working collaboratively with colleagues and researchers in China and around the world, I intend to expand the network of ISB by hosting its first ISB Congress in China.


Rajani Mullerpatan, India

Dr.Rajani Mullerpatan is a Professor at University Department of Physiotherapy, MGM Institute of Health Sciences(MGMIHS), Navi Mumbai,India. She grew in the field of biomechanics during her PhD with Prof.Robert Van Deursen at Research Centre for Clinical Kinesiology, Cardiff University,UK.

On returning to India, Rajani strived to establish MGM Centre of Human Movement Science(MGMCHMS) at MGMIHS to address to an urgent need of integrating clinical biomechanics in Indian healthcare.  With generous support from ISB and BETiC at IIT Bombay, MGMCHMS was established in 2015.  The vision of the Centre is to generate a task-force to undertake research and develop the science of clinical biomechanics further in India by conducting integrated training for clinicians and engineers.  Ongoing observer ship, guided tours and short-term courses are conducted to build awareness and knowledge of biomechanics across among clinicians, students and faculty members of healthcare and engineering. Intense efforts to deliver a triad of clinical service, research and training programs in clinical biomechanics continue at MGMCHMS.

Rajani is extremely grateful to ISB for providing immense support to establish MGMCHMS.  She is keen to give back to ISB-EDC by sharing her novice experience of promoting clinical biomechanics and building an inter-disciplinary task force within India.


Dieter Rosenbaum, Germany

Prof. Rosenbaum is an internationally acknowledged researcher in biomechanics and human movement science. Following his studies in Münster, Iowa and Essen, Prof. Rosenbaum worked as a research fellow at the University of Ulm prior to becoming the director of the motion analysis laboratory at the University Hospital in Münster.

The investigation of foot-related orthopedic problems and their treatment options is one of his main areas of interest. Prof. Rosenbaum (co-)authored over 160 listed publications, serves on the editorial board of several key journals in our field, served as former president of the German Association of Biomechanics and was multiply awarded for his research.

I have been a member of the ISB since 1991 and, since then, have attended many ISB Congresses where I enjoyed the friendly and stimulating atmosphere of the 'biomechanics family get-together'.  If elected I would like to contribute to issues related to international collaborations with other societies and help to develop new bonds with countries that are not yet strongly related to the ISB.

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