Through research, education and community outreach, we aim to understand the mechanisms leading to Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSDs), then identify and evaluate equipment designs and work practices that reduce the risk of WRMSDs and contribute to the health and wellbeing of workers, while optimizing their performance.
Our laboratory facilitates research in occupational biomechanics, physiology, hand computer interaction and prevention through design. Our expertise in environmental health sciences, engineering and medicine provide broad opportunities for research that has deep and lasting impact.
Our academic training spans multiple departments at UC Berkeley and offers excellent opportunities for a broader degree in Environmental Health Sciences or Engineering with a concentration in Ergonomics. Our students leave prepared for the ergonomics associate/professional certification examination.
We provide continuing education opportunities to future and current practitioners through online courses, webinars, symposiums and workshops sharing the latest evidence and best practices to support injury prevention and productivity goals.
Outreach & Events
Jillian Kadota, MPH Class of 2017, presents her research on the burden of heavy load carrying on women in Tanzania. Jill performed a cross sectional study assessing the relationship between heavy load carrying, musculoskeletal pain, disability and pelvic organ prolapse.