The Neuromechanics and Ergonomics LAB

Michael W.R. Holmes, PhD

Department of Kinesiology

Brock University

Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Neuromuscular Mechanics and Ergonomics
Department of Kinesiology
Brock University

2012-2016: Assistant Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

2011-2012: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (PDF), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Advisors: Dr. Jack P. Callaghan, Dr. Clark R. Dickerson

2006-2011: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Biomechanics, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Advisor: Dr. Peter J. Keir

2003-2005: Master of Science (MSc.), Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada
Advisor: Dr. Scott N. Mackinnon

2000-2003: Bachelor of Kinesiology – Honours (B. Kin Honours), Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada

Neuromechanics and Ergonomics

Lab Members/Students

A list of past and present students that have worked in the Lab will be updated accordingly.

Current Graduate Students:

  1. Dr. Alan Cudlip (PDF, PhD University of Waterloo)
  2. Garrick Forman (PhD Candidate, NSERC PGS)
  3. Kailynn Mannella (PhD Student)
  4. Colin Dunne (PhD Student, co-supervised w/ Kelly Lockwood, MITACS)
  5. Tiffany Hsu (PhD Student, co-supervised w/ Kelly Lockwood, MITACS)
  6. James Parkinson (MSc.)
  7. Ryan Bench (MSc.)
  8. Daniel Cousins (MSc.)
  9. Dr. Tyler Dobbs (MSc.)
  10. Cameron Lang (MSc.)

Past Graduate Students:

  1. Zach Pipher (MSc. 2021)
  2. Alvin Fortaleza (Msc. 2021)
  3. Valeria Falzarano (visiting PhD scholar from Italian Institute of Technology, 2021)
  4. Dr. Davis Forman (PhD 2020)
  5. Kailynn Mannella (MSc. 2020)
  6. Maddalena Mugnosso (visiting PhD scholar from Italian Institute of Technology, 2019)
  7. Leah Vardy (visiting MSc. student from Memorial University, 2019)
  8. Dr. Mahboobeh Zabihhosseinian (PhD 2019, NSERC CGS, co-supervised with Bernadette Murphy UOIT)
  9. Richard Birfer (MSc. 2019)
  10. Ashley Reece (MSc. 2019)
  11. Ryan Gagnon (MSc. 2019)
  12. Garrick Forman (MSc. 2018)
  13. Ryan Shivpaul (MSc. 2017)
  14. Ramez Doss (MSc. 2017)
  15. Edwin Avila (visiting PhD scholar from Italian Institute of Technology, 2017)
  16. Dr. Marco De Ciantis (MSc. 2016)(@SportDocMarc)
  17. Victoria Breitner (MSc. 2016)
  18. Chad Denison-Larabie (MSc. 2016 co-supervised w/ Bernadette Murphy and Paul Yielder)
  19. Patricia Riley (MSc. 2015 co-supervised w/ Bernadette Murphy)
  20. Mahboobeh Zabihhosseinian (MSc. 2014 co-supervised w/ Bernadette Murphy)

Undergraduate Research Students:

2021-2022: Alyssa Fong, Lucas Melchiorre, Grace Blamauer, Meera Sayal, Kristen Gross, Anna Davidson, Natalie Weber, Robin MacKenzie (Neuroscience), Gordon Restivo, Navy Millar-Storie, Tamar Kritzer

2020-2021: Leona Noble (Match of Minds, 2020), Cameron Lang (NSERC USRA, 2020), Rachel Seguin

2019-2020: Sean Sabbatini, Sarah White, Joshua Egamino (Brock GAME Program), Harris Luckham (Brock GAME Program), Gabor Cseh (Brock GAME Program)

  1. Ryan Bench
  2. Joe Wallace
  3. Jessica Cieri
  4. James Parkinson (NSERC USRA, 2018)
  5. Christopher Bunce
  6. Daniel Abdel-malek
  7. Garrick Forman (NSERC USRA, 2016)
  8. Brittany Bulbrook
  9. Kyle Snowdy
  10. Mike Penny
  11. Alex Reid
  12. Steven Genis
  13. Jason Robathan
  14. Anthony Ridding
  15. Lisa Balkarran
  16. Patrick Chin Cheong
  17. Brandon Cammisa
  18. Chad Glover *First place in research poster day competition
  19. Carmen Jweda
  20. Victoria Brietner
  21. Heather Murphy *Third place in research poster day competition
  22. Ellen Smith *First place in research
  23. Angela Dares (Co-supervised w/ Bernadette Murphy)
  24. Joseph Guirguis ( Co-supervised w/ Bernadette Murphy)
  25. Drew Eidt (Faculty of Science Honours Thesis)


  • Biomechanics, Ergonomics, Neuromechanics
  • Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, Injury Mechanisms
  • Neuromechanical Control of the Hand
  • Health and Fitness Assessment
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Upper Extremity Joint Stability
  • Muscle Mechanics, Carpal Tunnel Mechanics
  • Surface and Fine-Wire Electromyography
  • Three-Dimensional Computer Modelling
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Neurophysiology


Mike teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses related to Biomechanics, Motor Control, Ergonomics, Clinical Biomechanics, Exercise Prescription and Digital Signals.

  • KINE 4P01: Occupational Ergonomics (Brock University)
  • AHSC 5P66: Functional and Ergonomic Assessment(Brock University)
  • HLSC 4471U: Kinesiology II: Musculoskeletal Biomechanics (UOIT)
  • HLSC 4482U: Advanced Exercise Prescription (UOIT)
  • HLSC 3410U: Human Motor Control and Learning (UOIT)
  • HLSC 4472U: Clinical Biomechanics and Ergonomics (UOIT)
  • HLSC 5322G: Theory and Application of Biomedical Signals (UOIT)
  • HLSC 5030G: Studies in Kinesiology (UOIT)