Graduate Students and Post Doctoral Fellows

Located at the Lees Avenue Campus
200 Lees Avenue, Room E020, Ottawa ON CANADA

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Teresa Flaxman (M.Sc.), Ph.D. Candidate

Rehabilitation Sciences

Teresa received her M.Sc. in biomechanics from the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa in 2010. Prior to her graduate studies, Teresa completed her B.Sc. in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph in 2008. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa, specialising in biomechanics and motor control. Her research interests include knee joint injury, osteoarthritis and neuromuscular contribution to joint stabilisation.


Kenneth Brent Smale, Ph.D. Candidate

Human Kinetics

Brent received his B.Sc.H. in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph in 2012. He then joined the NRRU as a Master’s student in 2012. After his first year, he fast-tracked into the Doctoral program under the supervision of Dr. Benoit. During his degree, Brent completed year-long research stays at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark with Drs. Tine Alkjaer and Erik Bruun Simonsen, and the Group of Robotics, Automation and Articular Biomechanics at the University of Bologna, Italy with Dr. Nicola Sancisi and Prof. Parenti-Castelli. He is currently in the fourth year of his Doctoral degree that uses musculoskeletal modelling to estimate muscle and tibiofemoral contact forces in healthy, ACL deficient and reconstructed patients. Aside from his thesis, Brent’s research interests include identifying muscle fatigue and reducing soft tissue artifact through modelling methods.


Michael Del Bel (M.Sc.), Ph.D. Candidate

Rehabilitation Sciences

Prior to arriving at the University of Ottawa, he completed his B.Sc.H. in Biology at Acadia University in 2014. Michael received his M.Sc. in Biomechanics from the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa in 2017. His Master’s thesis investigated the functional roles of knee joint muscles during a weight-bearing, force-generation task among healthy and ACL-deficient males and females. Micheal is continuing his studies with Dr. Benoit as a Ph.D. student in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa and will be focusing on the effects of puberty and sex on biomechanical and neuromuscular outputs as children develop into young adolescents.

Luis Roberto Licon Cano, M.A.Sc. Candidate

Biomedical Engineering

Luis received his Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Higher Education and Technology. He is currently a M.A.Sc. student in the Ottawa-Carlton Institute for Biomedical Engineering.


Olivier Miguel, M.A.Sc. Candidate

Biomedical Engineering

Olivier received his B.A.Sc. in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa in 2016. He is currently a M.A.Sc. student in the Ottawa-Carlton Institute for Biomedical Engineering. His current research project involves modeling soft-tissue artifact during a high impact task.

Nicholas Romanchuk, M.Sc. Candidate

Human Kinetics

Nicholas received his Honours BPHE at Queen’s University in 2016. Graduating with an average in the top 3 percent of his program, and receiving Academic All-Canadian honours as a member of the Queen’s Football Team, he chose to continue his studies under the supervision of Dr. Benoit in the Neuromuscular Rehabilitation and Research Unit. Currently working towards a M.Sc. in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, his research projects include developing a novel drop-jump landing protocol for accurate assessment of knee joint loading and muscular activation during reactionary movements.


Kyle Chisholm (M.Sc.), Ph.D. Candidate

Mechanical Engineering (Carleton University)

Post-doctoral fellows

Dr. Norio Kadono, Ph.D.

Post doctoral fellow and research technician


Dr. Mohammad S. Shourijeh, Ph.D.

Post doctoral fellow

Mohammad received his B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and his M.A.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology in Iran. He earned his Ph.D. in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the NRRU from 2013-2015 and he developed a novel muscle synergy technique for robust analysis of EMGs. He also developed a novel forward-inverse dynamics framework for faster musculoskeletal simulations. Dr. Shourijeh is currently an Application Engineer at the AnyBody Technology.


Dr. Reiko Otsuki (PT), Ph.D.

Post doctoral fellow

Reiko received a M.Sc. in Physical Therapy from University of Alberta in 2010 and a Ph.D. in Sport Sciences from Waseda University in 2015. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on neuromuscular control of the knee joint and prevention of ACL injuries in female adolescents.

Undergraduate Students


Kevin Romanick

Human Kinetics

Kevin received his Honours B.Sc. in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa in 2016. He conducted his fourth year thesis project in the Neuromuscular Rehabilitation & Research Unit (NRRU) under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Benoit. Kevin is currently working as a research assistant in NRRU as he prepares to take his MCAT exam.



Olivia Bayliss Zajdman, M.Sc.

Human Kinetics

Olivia received her Honours B.Sc. in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph in 2013. She completed her M.Sc. in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa in 2016. Her thesis project looked at the effects of osteoarthritis and neuromuscular adaptations to joint stabilization in functional everyday tasks.


Brigitte Potvin, M.Sc.

Biomedical Engineering

Brigitte received both a B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences and B.A.Sc. in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering in 2008 and 2012 respectively, and then obtained her M.A.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering in 2016 at the University of Ottawa. Her thesis project focused on stability based optimization of musculoskeletal modeling simulations of the knee joint to predict muscle activations with the use of in-vivo intra-cortical pin data. Brigitte now works as a research engineer in the Injury Prevention and Mobility laboratory at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. Her work involves maintaining lab equipment and systems as well as working with students and researchers with the design and implementation of new research projects.

Heather Bigham, M.Sc.

Human Kinetics

Paul Gauthier (PT), M.Sc.

Human Kinetics

Kyle Klumper, M.Sc.

Mechanical Engineering (Carleton University)

Andrew Smith, (M.Sc.), Ph.D Candidate.

Human Kinetics



Using multi-disciplinary research to bridge the gap from theory into practice in the rehabilitation sciences