Research Fellows

Rena F. Hale, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral fellow) earned her Bachelor of Science in engineering from LeTourneau University in 2011. The following year, she received a Master of Science in engineering from LeTourneau University. She was the first female to receive a Master of Science in engineering from LeTourneau University. In 2016, she received her doctorate in biomedical engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso, and immediately began researching as a postdoctoral fellow in the Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory at Mayo Clinic.

In 2013, Dr. Hale won the American Society of Biomechanics Presidential Award and was awarded honorable mention on her thesis work in the journal Computers in Biology and Medicine. Her research interests include quantitative anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury prevention training, wearable feedback training technology and experimental in vitro joint testing.

Emily L. Lawrence, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral fellow) received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in biomedical engineering from Louisiana Tech University in 2004 and 2006, respectively. Afterward, she provided engineering support to the Neuroscience Motion Laboratory in the Human Adaptations and Countermeasures Division at NASA's Johnson Space Center and was involved in the development of an integrated set of functional and physiological tests to determine how microgravity impacts functional performance. She then transitioned to the University of Southern California where she simultaneously managed the Brain-Body Dynamics Laboratory and earned her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering.

Her research there examined the demographic and clinical covariates of sensorimotor processing for low-force manipulation with the upper and lower extremities. Following graduation, Dr. Lawrence worked as the director of biomechanics at Sports Academy where she developed general and sport-specific biomechanics analyses and injury risk assessments. Her research interests also include understanding sex differences in sensorimotor control and the implications for knee ligament injury.