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Our Team


Dr. Jan Andrysek, the leader of the PROPEL Lab, has brought together a team of health care professionals and researchers with a wide range of expertise - meet our team.


Dr. Jan Andrysek (Ph.D.)

Principal Investigator & Lead of the PROPEL Lab

See Dr. Andrysek's full Scientist Profile.

Lab Members


PhD Students

Masters Students

Undergraduate Students

  • Emily Cui


Postdoctoral Fellows

Rafael Escamilla Nunez 2018-2023       
Thesis: Development and Evaluation of a Wearable Vibrotactile Biofeedback System and a Gait Event Detection Algorithm to Improve Gait Symmetry of Individuals with Lower-Limb Amputation

Dr. Arezoo Eshraghi
Current Position: Certified Prosthetist at West Park Healthcare Centre

Dr. Matt Leineweber, Dec 2014 - Jun 2017
Current Position: Assistant Professor at San Jose State University (profile)

Master Students

Alexandra Ball, MHSc
Thesis: Quantifying Lower Limb Sagittal Plane Alignment Based on 3D Scans: Method Validation and Implementation to Compare Conventional and Digital AFO Shape Capture Processes, 2021-2023

Alexandra Michelini, MHSc
Thesis: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Rhythmic Vibrotactile and Auditory Stimulation for a Biofeedback Gait Training System for Individuals with Lower Limb Amputation, Sep 2018 - Sep 2020

Firdous Hadj-Moussa, MHSc
Thesis: The Biomechanical Characterization of Running-Specific Prostheses for Children with Lower Limb Absence, Sep 2018 - Sep 2020

Megan Hamilton, MHSc
Thesis: Novel Approaches to Evaluating and Characterizing Force Sensor Performance at Body-Device Interfaces, Sep 2017 - Sep 2019

Rachel Reding, MHSc
Thesis: Studying the Performance of a Novel Stance-Phase Control Mechanism, Sep 2016- Sep 2018

Sam Shi, MHSc
Thesis: Designing a Vibrotactile Feedback System for Use in Lower-Limb Prostheses: Exploring the Tactor Configuration Variables, Sep 2015 - Sep 2017

Mark Fletcher, MHSc
Thesis: Design and Validation of a Transfemoral Amputee Walking Model with Passive Prosthesis Swing Phase Control, Sep 2015 - Sep 2017

Jessica Tomasi, MHSc
Thesis: Development and Evaluation of a Sensor System to Monitor the Stance-Phase Control Function of the Automatic Stance-Phase Lock (ASPL) Mechanism, Sep 2014 – Sep 2016

Calvin Ngan, MHSc
Thesis: Design and Evaluation of a Prosthetic Knee Joint based on Automatic Stance-Phase Lock (ASPL) Technology for Children with Transfemoral Amputations, Sep 2013 – Sep 2015

Monica Gomez-Orozco, MASc
Thesis: Assessment of Postural Deviations Associated Errors in the Analysis of Kinematics Using Inertial and Magnetic Sensors and a Correction Technique Proposal, Sep 2013 – Sep 2015

Juan Francisco Morales Gonzalez, MASc
Thesis: Development of a Real-Time System to Measure Foot Clearance Based on Inertial Sensors, Sep 2012 – Jan 2015

Emma Rogers, MHSc
Thesis: Analysis of Force Distribution on Upper Body Limbs During Ambulation with Crutches, Sep 2012 – Sep 2014

Aman Sharma, MHSc
Thesis: Assessing the Use of Vibrotactile Feedback as a Means for
Providing Sensory Information to the Upper Thigh, Sep 2011 – Sep 2013

Caroline Chen, MHSc
Thesis: Evaluation of Dynamic Prosthetic Alignment Techniques for Individuals with Transtibial Amputation, Sep 2010 – Sep 2012

Dominik Wyss, MHSc
Thesis: Evaluation and Design of a Globally Applicable Rear-Locking Prosthetic Knee Mechanism, Sep 2010 – Sep 2012

Alex Furse, MHSc
Thesis: Development of a Low Cost Swing-Phase Control Mechanism, Sep 2008 – Sep 2010

Dan Harrison, MASc
Thesis: Feasibility and design of a low-cost prosthetic knee joint using a compliant member for stance-phase control, Sep 2007 – Sep 2009

Undergraduate Students

Katie Currie, Apr 2023 - Jun 2023
Sabine Sanchez, 2023
Naomi Thomas, 2023
Titouan Lecuyer, February 2022 - June 2022
Alexandra Colville-Reeves, May 2021 - Aug 2021
Hafsa Zahid, May 2020 - Aug 2020
Diana Cancelliere, May 2020 - Aug 2020
Samuel Weininger, May 2018/19 - Aug 2018/19
Maggie Zhu, Sep 2017 - Apr 2018
Alexandria Michelini, May 2017 – Aug 2017
Megan Hamilton, May 2017 – Aug 2017
Victoria Cheng, May 2016 – Aug 2016
Daniel Tovbis, May 2016 – Jul 2016
Rachel Reding, Sep 2015 – Apr 2016
Hankyu Lee, May 2015 – Apr 2016
Daniel Tovbis, May 2015 – Aug 2015
Mark Fletcher, May 2014 – Aug 2014
Ben Leaker, May 2014 – Aug 2014
José Enrique Chen, May 2012 – Aug 2014
Joshua Ma, Sep 2013 – Apr 2014
Karin Lam, May 2013 – Aug 2013
Xiaojing Guo, Sep 2012 – Apr 2013
Jirapat Likitlersuang, May 2012 – Apr 2013
Michael Thorne, Sep 2012 – Dec 2012
Lutan Hu, May 2011 – Dec 2011
Alyssa Randall, May 2009 – Dec 2009
Jennifer Irwin, May 2008 – Dec 2009
James Christensen, May 2009 – Aug 2009
Alex Furse, Sep 2007 – Apr 2008
Ray D’sa, Sep 2007 – Apr 2008
Jenna Usprech, May 2007 – Apr 2008
Mubin Shaikh, May 2006 – Aug 2006
Hansheng Sun, May 2006 – Aug 2006
Saman Safavi, Sep 2005 – Apr 2006