Dr. Michael Harris-Love
Dr. Michael Harris-Love is a Principal Investigator with the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System GRECC, and he serves as a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center (CU Anschutz). He has over 20 years of experience in the areas of geriatrics, rheumatology, and exercise science, which include previous clinical appointments at the Mayo Clinic and the NIH Clinical Center. His research expertise in muscle performance is reflected in his previous role as an investigator for protocols at NIAMS, NINDS, NIEHS, the DC VAMC and George Washington University. Dr. Harris-Love currently serves as the Director of the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics, and Performance Laboratory. He is also the Director of the Physical Therapy Program at CU Anschutz and a Fellow of both the American Physical Therapy Association and the Gerontological Society of America... (more info)
Ms. Katie Boncella
Ms. Katie Boncella is a Research Assistant in the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics and Performance Laboratory at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University, and a Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Science with a concentration in Biomechanics from the University of Northern Colorado. She is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Bioengineering from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Ms. Boncella has previous research experience as a Research Assistant for the Soft Tissue Mechanics Lab at Colorado State University and the Biomechanics Lab at the University of Northern Colorado.
Dr. Dustin Oranchuk
Professional Research Associate
Dustin Oranchuk, PhD, CSCS*D is a Professional Research Associate in the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics and Performance Laboratory at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Originally from Canada, he earned a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary. He then worked with the Canadian Sport Institute before pursuing a MSc at Adams State, where he served as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist for several NCAA teams. Dustin later became the Head Strength and Conditioning Specialist for the University of Calgary Dino's football team. He completed his PhD training at the Auckland University of Technology with a stint at Victoria University Melbourne where he examined muscle architecture, morphology, and performance changes arising from different contraction types. Afterwards, Dustin worked at Acumen Health with various clinical and athletic populations. Dr. Oranchuk aims to utilize musculoskeletal imaging and functional testing to improve clinical outcomes.
Ms. Daniela Gonzalez-Rivera
Research Assistant | PIKE-PREP Fellow
Ms. Daniela Gonzalez-Rivera is a Research Assistant in the Muscle Morphology, Mechanics, and Performance Laboratory at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology at the University of Colorado, Denver in 2022. She is currently a part of the PIKE-PREP research program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in preparation to pursue a DPT/PhD. Daniela has previous research experience as a Research Assistant through the MARC-U-Star undergraduate research program at the University of Colorado, Denver in the Department of Medical Oncology. Her previous research was focused on immunotherapies for highly metastatic melanoma skin cancer.
Dr. Andrew C. Smith
Dr. Andrew C. Smith is a rehabilitation scientist whose primary interest is improving the assessment and clinical management of individuals with spinal cord injury. He is an Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Smith’s secondary interest is in the quantification and characterization of skeletal muscle in health and disease states. Current research activities include: using medical imaging to investigate the extent of spinal cord injury and its impact on motor and sensory function, using magnetic resonance imaging to improve the mechanistic understanding of responsiveness to spinal cord stimulation, and convolutional neural networks to automate segmentation processes of neuromusculoskeletal imaging. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Washington, and completed his PhD in Neuroscience at Northwestern University. Dr. Smith collaborates with 3MAP Lab on machine learning to quantify muscle changes, lean body mass, and function in obese adults.