Kreg Gruben, PhD

Professor of Kinesiology

Affiliate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Biomedical Engineering



Office: 322 Medical Sciences Center,
            1300 University Ave. Madison, WI 53706
            Madison, WI, 53706



Current Members

Jennifer Bartloff, DPT

Graduate Student in Kinesiology

DPT, Northwestern University, 2009

BS Cognitive Science, Indiana University, 2003



Colin Grove, DPT

Doctoral Candidate, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

DPT, Temple University, 2016

MS Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin Madison, 2003

BS Physical Therapy, St. Louis University, 1994


Current Position: Research Assistant, Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Clinical Practice: Dr. Grove has practiced vestibular rehabilitation for more than 25 years.

Research Focus: Colin's research interests include translating discoveries in basic science related to vestibular perception and multisensory integration into novel methods for the assessment and treatment of persons with dizziness and balance disorders.




Undergraduate Students in the UWNCL Lab

Each semester, many undergraduate students from various scientific and engineering disciplines engage with the lab on a volunteer or for-credit basis. Students have opportunities to engage in many levels of the research process and outreach efforts. Students train as investigators to perform ongoing laboratory human subject research, as well as participate in the design and execution of their own studies. The lab’s machine shop provides students with experience in fabricating custom instrumentation and encourages learning of design techniques.


Aude Lefranc, MS Biomedical Engineering 2019

Thesis: Comparison and Validation of zIP to Traditional Balance Characterization Measures


Kieran Nichols, MS Kinesiology, 2016

Thesis: The characterization of foot force vector control in human standing


Wendy Boehm, PhD Biomedical Engineering, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017

Dissertation: Lower-Limb Neuromuscular Coordination Post-Stroke: Evidence of Force Misdirection and Development of an Associated Theraputic Device


Kecia Doyle-Greene, MS Kinesiology, 2012

Thesis: Differential Effects of Exercise on Parkinson Symptoms in the Most & Least Impaired Upper Limbs: RCT Comparing Pilates to General Exercise


Wendy Boehm, MS Biomedical Engineering, 2011

Thesis: Mechanics and neural contributions to control of whole-body angular momentum in human walking


Anthony Gutierrez, MS Kinesiology, 2010

Thesis: The influence of center of pressure on angular stability during walking


Nate Oats, MS Kinesiology, 2009

Thesis: Foot force control during walking tasks in humans


Farshad Fahimi, MS Biomedical Engineering, 2008


Robert Giachetti, PhD Mechanical Engineering, 2008

Dissertation: Preferred, Isometric Foot Force in Healthy Humans: The Influence of Newtonian Mechanics and Postural Goals on the Center of Pressure


Micah Brown, MS Biomedical Engineering, 2008


Matthew Schmidt, PhD Kinesiology, 2008

Dissertation: The control of simple pushing efforts with the leg


Liming Tan, MS Biomedical & Mechanical Engineering, 2005


Lynn Rogers, MS Kinesiology & Biomedical Engineering, 2003

Thesis: Force direction control during leg pushes against fixed and moving pedals in persons post-stroke


Matthew Schmidt, MS Biomedical Engineering, 2002


Pam Barrett, MS Kinesiology, 2001

Thesis: Force path linearity in human lower limb pushing efforts


Citlali López-Ortiz, PhD Kinesiology, 2001

Dissertation: Emergent linearity of the foot force paths in kinematically constrained motion of the lower limb


Julie Côté, MS Kinesiology, 1997

Thesis: Foot forces during exercise against varied resistance and motion sense on the Cross-Trainer™ exercise machine