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Area of academic expertise - outline

Research Areas of Interest

  • Musculoskeletal Mechanics: Hand & Upper Limb Biomechanics; Occupational Biomechanics; Spinal Biomechanics; Sport Biomechanics
  • Appendicular & Vertebral Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Gait
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders e.g. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Locomotion Studies in Humans, Animals and Cadavers

By profession I am a mechanical engineer with a strong background in Bioengineering (PhD). Presently, I am a Lecturer in Biomechanics at the School of Science and Sport, Institute for Clinical Exercise & Health Science, University of the West of Scotland. Currently, I am an Honorary Research Fellow in Rehabilitation Science within the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Previously I was an Honorary Research Fellow in Rehabilitation Science at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. Earlier, I completed my Research Fellowship in experimental spinal biomechanics at the Biomedical Engineering Research Group within the School of Mechanical Engineering which was a collaborative program with Musculoskeletal Services, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. Prior to that, I completed my Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the Hand and Upper Extremity Research Laboratory, Musculoskeletal Research Center, Departments of Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, where I was also involved in healthcare consultancy. My research thrust is centered broadly on biomechanical related studies designed to evaluate upper and lower limb musculoskeletal disorders. While I am interested in lower limb biomechanics, my training and expertise lie in upper limb biomechanics, specifically the hand and wrist. Within the ambit of hand and wrist rehabilitation research I am particularly interested in research projects that can yield functional outcome measures with strong applications linked to the clinical, sport, office related and industrial related environment, where biomechanical principles such as morphological / morphometric techniques together with human motion analysis and methods can be applied. More so I am interested in the application of biomechanical principles to robotics and modern technologies with emphasis on studies related to electromyography, kinematics and kinetics of the human joints and animal joints.

My goal is to ensure my students develop knowledge through understanding the theoretical and practical basis of motion analysis and biomechanics. This can be achieved through the administration of improved teaching techniques geared towards learning outcomes and key skills that are of benefit to the students. Above all, I strongly believe in effective student advising, effective use of technology in teaching and ability of the students to learn by doing assignments/tutorials and homework. The rationale for teaching biomechanics lies in the acceptance and understanding of the practical experience involved in human motion mechanics and the structure and function of the human musculoskeletal system. Hence, my teaching philosophy focuses on commitment leading to effective communication and presentation, problem solving and creative proficiency, teamwork and collaboration among students, project planning and organising lectures / laboratory / practical work leading to effective personal development and promoting research led teaching.


External positions

Honorary Research Fellow in Rehabilitation Science, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

1 Sep 2012 → …

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Research Output 2004 2019

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Automation enhancement and accuracy investigation of a portable single-camera gait analysis system

Yang, C., Ugbolue, U. C., McNicol, D., Stankovic, V., Stankovic, L., Kerr, A., Carse, B., Kaliarntas, K. T. & Rowe, P. J., 1 Jun 2019, In : IET Science, Measurement & Technology. 13, 4, p. 563-571 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Gait analysis
Kalman filters
Open Access
Isometric Contraction
1 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
teaching practice

An electromyographic study on the effects of slope and distance constraints on forearm muscle activity during golf putting

Finnie, K. P., Valentin, S., Gu, Y., Baker, J. S. & Ugbolue, U. C., 8 Jul 2018, p. P2155-P2155. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

limbs (animal)

Intra-session and inter-day reliability of the Myon 320 Electromyography System during sub-maximal contractions

Sorbie, G. G., Williams, M. J., Boyle, D. W., Gray, A., Brouner, J., Gibson, N., Baker, J. S., Easton, C. & Ugbolue, U. C., 29 Mar 2018, In : Frontiers in Physiology. 9

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Deltoid Muscle
Isometric Contraction


Hand Strength