Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance


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  • Jennifer Hicks

    Jennifer Hicks

    Deputy Director, Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance

    Current Role at StanfordDeputy Director, Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance at Stanford
    Director of Research, Mobilize Center
    Directory of Research, Restore Center
    Research and Development Manager, OpenSim Project

  • Joy Ku

    Joy Ku

    Research Technical Manager, Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance

    Current Role at StanfordJoy Ku is focused on biocomputation and the advancement of their use through teaching, science communications, community building, and the promotion of research resource sharing efforts, particularly as related to reproducibility and open-source science.

    She is currently Deputy Director of the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance at Stanford (https://humanperformance.stanford.edu) and also leads the education and outreach efforts for the overall Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance, which consists of institutions across the country, including Boston Children's Hospital, Salk, UC San Diego, the University of Kansas, and the University of Oregon. The Alliance's mission is to discover biological principles to optimize human performance and catalyze innovations in human health.

    Dr. Ku is also the Director of Promotions and Didactic Interactions for the NIH-funded Restore Center (https://restore.stanford.edu), as well as the Director of Education and Communications for the Mobilize Center (https://mobilize.stanford.edu), an NIH Biomedical Technology Resource Center. Both Centers provide tools, infrastructure, and training to support the research community. The Mobilize Center's emphasis is on biomechanical modeling and machine learning algorithms to provide new insights into human movement from data sources, such as wearables, video, and medical images. The Restore Center's mission is to advance rehabilitation research using mobile sensor and video technology for real-world assessments of movement and factors affecting movement.

    She also manages SimTK (https://simtk.org), a software, model, and data-sharing platform for the biocomputation research community.

  • Julie Muccini, MS, OTR/L

    Julie Muccini, MS, OTR/L

    Research Engineer, Rad/Musculoskeletal Imaging

    BioJulie Muccini is an occupational therapist specializing in working with individuals with neurological diagnoses. She is registered and licensed in California and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC). She is actively involved in research on recovery post-stroke. She works in the Human Performance Lab with an interdisciplinary team integrating biomechanics, biomedical engineering, physiology, psychology, and rehabilitation. Ms. Muccini received her bachelor's of science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and her master's of science from Boston University in Occupational Therapy. She started working at the hospital at Stanford in 1997 and transitioned to the Outpatient Neuro Rehab Clinic at the Stanford Neurosciences Health Center in 2014. In March 2021, Julie moved over to the Stanford School of Medicine to work in the Human Performance Lab at the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation, ACSR.