Meet the CoBal Lab Team
John J. Jeka
Jaclyn received her BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MS and PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware. At Delaware, she focused on head impact biomechanics in soccer. She is currently investigating how subconcussive head impact influences vestibular and visual processing for maintaining balance during gait. She loves to run, eat, and spend time with her husband and two amazing dogs, Franklin and Maximus.
Balance during walking after concussion
David joined us in Delaware after completing his PhD at UNSW Sydney. Coming from a background in engineering, he developed an interest in sensory physiology which led to his doctoral work on sensory contributions to spatial orientation. David is excited about applying this knowledge to investigate sensory contributions to balance during walking in Parkinson’s disease. When he gets out of the lab, David enjoys fencing and taking photos with old film cameras.
Fernando Vanderlinde dos Santos
Fernando graduated in 2019, he obtained his Ph.D. in Biomechanics and Movement Science at University of Delaware. Currently, he is a Senior Product Engineer at Bertec.
He was born and raised in Brazil, where he graduated in Physical Therapy at Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (UDESC). Fernando practiced in his own clinic, working mainly with spine/hip injuries and balance impairment patients. He is the author of “Videogames na Saude e Reabilitação”, a book about the use of videogames and virtual environments for rehabilitation. He develops virtual environments for use in different projects. Fernando’s main focus is in vestibular impairments in people with concussions. His interests are wearable technologies and haptic devices. When Fernando is not at the lab, he likes to bike, ski and perform martial arts.
Ian is a PhD student in the Biomechanics and Movement Science (BIOMS) program. He received his BS from the University of Connecticut and his MS from Merrimack College, both in Exercise Science. Previous research has been focused on investigating the dose-response relationship between physical activity and physical function in mobility-limited older adults. His current research interests lie in investigating movement dysfunction across a variety of conditions, including traumatic brain injury and Parkinson’s disease. When not in the lab, he can frequently be found rock climbing, watching football, or being mediocre at trivia.
Balance during walking after concussion
Maelyn is a current graduate student in the Biomechanics and Movement Science Program. Maelyn received her B.S. in Neuroscience with a minor in biomechanical engineering from the University of Delaware. Previous experience includes building D.I.Y medical devices for those in the local disabilities community as well as motion capture analysis. Maelyn joined the CoBal Lab with an interest in understanding the neurological aspects of Parkinson’s Disease during locomotion. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, breakdancing, and reading.
Stephen is a current graduate student in the Biomechanics and Movement Science Program. Stephen received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in biomechanics and human performance from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Previous work has spanned from medical device design of prosthetics and orthotics to modeling viscoelastic properties of biomaterials such as cartilage and bone. Stephen joined the CoBal Lab with an interest in neurological aspects of locomotion and virtual reality game design for clinical application. In his free time you can find him training in the Southern Chinese style of Kung Fu called Wing Chun and the Afro-Brazilian style of martial arts called Capoeira.
Tyler graduated in 2019, he obtained his Ph.D. in Biomechanics and Movement Science at University of Delaware. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Florida.
He completed his Bachelor degree in Kinesiology at West Chester University. Tyler has developed skills in programming, biomechanics, gait analysis, and data analytics. He has used these acquired techniques and analytical skills to assist in uncovering the balance mechanisms during walking in both healthy and patient populations. Tyler is a sports enthusiast, participating in activities ranging from racket sports to kayaking and fishing.