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 Students:

  1. Alan Cudlip (PDF, PhD University of Waterloo)
  2. Davis Forman (PhD Candidate)
  3. Garrick Forman (PhD Candidate)
  4. Robert Kumar (PhD Student)
  5. Colin Dunne (PhD Student, co-supervised w/ Kelly Lockwood)
  6. Zach Pipher (MSc.)
  7. Kailynn Mannella (MSc.)
  8. James Parkinson (MSc.)
  9. Ryan Bench (MSc.)
  10. Alvin Fortaleza (Msc.)
  11. Cameron Lang (NSERC USRA, 2020)
  12. Leona Noble (Match of Minds)

Past Graduate Students:

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

Undergraduate Research Students:

  1. Sean Sabbatini
  2. Sarah White
  3. Ryan Bench
  4. Joe Wallace
  5. Jessica Cieri
  6. James Parkinson (NSERC USRA, 2018)
  7. Christopher Bunce
  8. Daniel Abdel-malek
  9. Garrick Forman (NSERC USRA, 2016)
  10. Brittany Bulbrook
  11. Kyle Snowdy
  12. Mike Penny
  13. Alex Reid
  14. Steven Genis
  15. Jason Robathan
  16. Anthony Ridding
  17. Lisa Balkarran
  18. Patrick Chin Cheong
  19. Brandon Cammisa
  20. Chad Glover *First place in research poster day competition
  21. Carmen Jweda
  22. Victoria Brietner
  23. Heather Murphy *Third place in research poster day competition
  24. Ellen Smith *First place in research
  25. Angela Dares (Co-supervised w/ Bernadette Murphy)
  26. Joseph Guirguis ( Co-supervised w/ Bernadette Murphy)
  27. 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)