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Principal Investigator

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Joshua W. Giles, PhD, PEng

Dr. Giles completed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) (London, Ontario) (2004-2009), receiving the CSME Gold Medal upon graduation, before undertaking his doctoral studies in Biomedical Engineering at the UWO and the Hand and Upper Limb Center. As an NSERC CGS funded researcher, he focused on developing a world leading hybrid cadaveric-mechatronic testing system that allowed him and his surgical partners to answer critical clinical questions. In the final year of his PhD Dr. Giles undertook an NSERC funded international fellowship at the Henry Ford Hospital, which enabled him to develop a novel method of tracking thoracic motion in biplane x-ray images, allowing shoulder blade motion to accurately be described for the first time. Dr. Giles defended his PhD thesis in Spring 2014 and was subsequently awarded Western University's Collip Medal for the excellence of his dissertation. After completing his PhD, Dr. Giles moved to Imperial College London (London, UK) to complete his post-doctoral research (2014-2017). There, Dr. Giles developed and patented a novel method to conduct minimally invasive shoulder replacement surgery. In 2017, Dr. Giles accepted an academic position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria where he established the OT&B lab. In his spare time, Dr. Giles enjoys hiking, cycling, English football, reading, and travelling. Google ScholarResearchGate, LinkedIn.

Post-Doctoral Fellows

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Pavlos Silvestros, PhD, BSc (Hons)

Pavlos is a Post Doctoral research fellow at the OT&B Lab which he joined in April 2022. His work is focussed on developing a patient specific surgical assistance tool to improve reverse shoulder replacement outcomes. After receiving his undergraduate from the University of Bath (United Kingdom) in 2017 he continued on to obtain his doctorate in cervical spine injury mechanism analysis, funded by the RFU IPF, where he developed a biomechanical framework to help drive pragmatic data driven sport policy decisions regarding player safety.  His research interests and expertise combine experimental (in-vivo and in-vitro) with computational methods to complement each other in order to investigate complex biomechanical problems relating to orthopaedics and injury. Specifically, this includes the collection of kinematic and dynamic experimental data to develop and validate musculoskeletal models used in dynamic biomechanical simulations and optimisations to support the design of clinical techniques, constructs and injury reduction strategies. Outside of work Pavlos is an avid rugby player who enjoys cycling and the outdoors, cooking and travelling.  

Research Staff

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Colin Day, BEng (BME)

Before joining the OT&B lab as a research engineering associated, Colin completed a BEng in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Victoria. During that degree he undertook the development of a custom upper limb dynamometer to assess patients recovering from stroke and nerve injuries. In his current position, Colin is responsible for assisting graduate and undergraduate researchers, co-developing testing apparatuses, and assisting with data analysis. 

Graduate Students

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Tess Carswell, BEng (BME)

Tess joined the OT&B lab in January 2019 during the last year of her bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Victoria. As a volunteer, she worked on generating 3D bone models from computed tomography (CT) scans & meshing those models in preparation for FEA. Tess is a BC Graduate Scholarship and NSERC CGSD  awardee now pursuing her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria under the supervision of Prof. Giles. In her thesis research, Tess utilizes patient-oriented research and user-centered design principles to investigate differences in male and female lower limb amputees for the consideration of prosthesis design optimization using Musculoskeletal modelling. In her spare time, she enjoys long-distance running and gardening.

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Erik Bedard, BEng (ECE)

Erik has an Industrial Instrumentation Diploma from SAIT (2012-2014, Calgary, Alberta), and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from UVic (2017-2019) where he specialized in mechatronics. His interdisciplinary background includes five years of experience in technical engineering roles within the oil and gas, mining, and defence sectors.

Erik joined the OT&B lab while completing his Honour’s Thesis where he developed software to facilitate the design of personalized surgical instruments for shoulder replacement surgery using concepts from robotics. He is currently completing a Master’s of Applied Science (MASc) in Electrical and Computer Engineering where his research focuses on applying biomedical image processing, mechanical design principles, and real-time engineering optimization methods to improve pre-operative planning for orthopaedic surgery. ResearchGate, LinkedIn. Photo by Jena Bjola Photography

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Aren Beagley, BEng (Mech)

Aren first joined the OT&B lab as a co-op student in 2021 during the last year of their Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at UVic. Aren worked on developing a method to create synthetic computed tomography (CT) scans from volumetric meshes. Shortly after graduating, Aren returned to the OT&B lab to pursue a Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering and continue the work started in their co-op. Aren's research focuses on integrating statistical models of bones with Finite Element (FE) methods to investigate research questions regarding the Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty (RSA) surgery, with the goal of being able to generalize the results. Aren also conducts in-vitro biomechanical experiments to validate their bespoke computational methods. Outside of research Aren enjoys travelling, reading, carving, and storytelling in various forms. Photo by Oliver Choquette.

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Yassine El Alaoui, BSc (BioSci), BASc (Mech)

Yassine has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biomedical Science from the University of Ottawa (Ontario) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Windsor (Ontario). His technical background includes work in mechanical design, custom automation, and R&D in the automotive industry. After working on automotive sensors and actuators, Yassine joined the OT&B lab in January 2022 to complete a Master’s of Applied Science (MASc) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria. His research focuses on upper limb rehabilitation testing. Under the supervision of Dr. Giles and Dr. Berger, he is designing and developing a portable dynamometer to assess patients with upper limb injuries. In his spare time, Yassine enjoys rock-climbing, snowboarding, cycling and hiking. He is also a 3d printing and robotics enthusiast. Photo by Valerie Miles.

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Kaitlyn Kuchinka, BEng (Mech)

Kaitlyn is a Master of Applied Science student as of September 2022, following her graduation from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering. During her undergraduate studies, she completed an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award funded project related to the analytical modelling of high precision mechatronic systems. In the OT&B lab, Kaitlyn’s research focuses on the computational modelling of shoulder replacement surgeries to allow for analysis of the changed biomechanics, specifically through developing subject specific models using medical imaging and experimental motion capture. When Kaitlyn is not working or studying, her interests include cooking, the outdoors, and playing sports.

Academic Collaborators

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Alexandra Branzan Albu, PhD PEng

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Department of Electrical Engineering

University of Victoria

Victoria, BC

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UBC

Stephanie Willerth, PhD PEng

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Department of Mechanical Engineering & Division of Medical Sciences

University of Victoria

Victoria, BC

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UBC

Tony Hodgson, PhD PEng

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Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC

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Alison Murray, PhD

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Department of Anthropology

University of Victoria

Victoria, BC

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UVic

Sandra Hundza, PhD

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School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education

University of Victoria

Victoria, BC

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Marc Klimstra, PhD

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School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education

University of Victoria

Victoria, BC

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UWO

Emily Lalone, PhD PEng

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Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

University of Western Ontario

London, ON

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Kwang Moo Yi, PhD

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Department of Computer Science
University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC

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UVic

Xuekui Zhang, PhD

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Canada Research Chair in Biostatistics

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

University of Victoria

Victoria, BC

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Clinical Collaborators

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George Athwal, MD, FRCSC

Hand & Upper Limb Center

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Western University

London, ON

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Mike Berger, MD, PhD FRCPC

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Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UBC
Consultant Physiatrist, BC Centre for Complex Nerve Injuries

Principal Investigator, ICORD (International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries)

Victoria, BC

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Dave Saliken, MD, FRCSC

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Adjunct Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

University of British Columbia

Victoria, BC

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Paul Winston, MD, FRCPC

Neuro-Rehabilitation Clinic

Victoria General Hospital

Adjunct Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

University of British Columbia

Victoria, BC

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Misha Hasan (BME)

Misha is a biomedical engineering student at the University of Victoria. She is currently undertaking an Honour's Thesis with the lab where she is studying available musculoskeletal models made to model amputee gait and to assess their validity for studying female participants.

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Hannah Richards (BME)

Hannah is a biomedical engineering student at the University of Victoria. She is currently undertaking an Honour's Thesis with the lab where she is validating a computational technique developed to improve the quality of finite element models that was recently developed in the lab through comparison of its results to experimental testing data. 

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Jocelyn Mackey (BME)

Jocelyn is a biomedical engineering student at the University of Victoria. She is currently undertaking an Honour's Thesis with the lab where she is validating a computational technique to assess surgical cutting guides that was recently developed in the lab through comparison of its results to experimental testing data. 

Undergraduate Students

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