Locomotor Performance Laboratory
Dr. Ryan completed his Ph.D. in experimental physics from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1988 and was involved in research projects for both the physics and biology departments. He was supported by NASA to develop ultraviolet spectroscopy systems for the measurement of oscillator strengths for highly ionized atoms. He also was involved in the biology department's research in photoreactivation and he implemented a spectroscopy system to study the way in which photoreacting enzymes repair damaged DNA by inducing ultraviolet light.
Dr. Ryan has developed an extensive career as an industrial physicist and has designed a wide variety of instrumentation, robotics, and control systems for laboratory, industrial, military, and biomedical applications. He has developed biomedical equipment for a number of companies, including Abbott Critical Care Systems, Alcon Laboratories, Baxter International, Essilor Laboratories, and Transitions Optical. He also has developed magnetic resonance instrumentation for NASA and the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Wohlers joined the lab in July 2012 after completing her Ph.D. in Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she also completed a Master’s degree in 2008. Prior to Maryland, Dr. Wohlers received a B.S. in Movement Science from the University of Michigan in 2007. For her graduate studies she was supported by a training grant through the National Institute of Health. Throughout both her Master’s and Ph.D. programs, Dr. Wohlers’ research centered on metabolic regulation at the cellular level. Specifically, she investigated alterations in adipose tissue and skeletal muscle which occur in response to changes in ovarian hormone levels, research which is of particular importance for post-menopausal women and women undergoing breast cancer treatment.
Mr. Udofa joined the Locomotor Performance Laboratory (LPL) as a doctoral student in the fall of 2014 after receiving a B.A. in both Biology and Chemistry with a minor in Applied Physiology from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in the spring of 2014. Within the SMU community he served as an SMU Ambassador, President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Student Chair of the Student Media Company Board of Directors, President of Black Men Emerging, and Student Member on SMU’s Athletic Council.
Mr. Udofa’s interest in research was sparked in the 8th grade as a PSTP Trainee with the STEMPREP Project. The program brought him wet bench research experiences at Temple University School of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the Institute for Systems Biology, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He enrolled in SMU as a President’s Scholar in 2010. Over this time period Mr. Udofa became immersed in Sneaker Culture, which led to a strong interest in the design and function of athletic footwear. As a sophomore, his discovery of the LPL offered the perfect marriage of his two passions: research and footwear. In the summer of 2012 he joined the LPL as an undergraduate intern.
With a desire to further his biomechanical training, Mr. Udofa applied to the Ph.D. program in Applied Physiology. He was the first recipient of the Fairess Simmons Doctoral Fellowship which supports his graduate studies. His doctoral research focuses on how footwear and prosthetic limb design influence the kinetics and kinematics of human locomotion; additionally, the translation of biomechanical algorithms into wearable sensor-based technologies.