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Biomechanics Laboratory






Dr. Boyi Dai



Jacob Layer, Doctoral Student

Jacob began his undergraduate studies at Columbus State Community College before transferring to Capital University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in health and sport science.  While pursuing his bachelor’s degree, Jacob was a competitive powerlifter and a strength coach at The Spot Athletics.  Jacob completed his Masters degree at University of Wyoming, and stayed to pursue his doctoral degree. Jacob is interested in the biomechanics and motor control of Strength and Conditioning.  In his spare time, Jacob enjoys strength sports, eating all of the things, bow hunting, and hiking with his wife and dog.    



Michaela Keener, Masters Student

Michaela Keener received her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2016. Michaela is interested in studying the biomechanics and physiology of horse sports as applied to the rider. She is also interested in research related to hippotherapy (therapy on horseback). She enjoys traveling, hiking, horseback riding, playing soccer, and overall being outdoors.









Nicole Sauls, Masters Student

Nicole Sauls received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an Allied Health concentration from California State University, San Bernardino in 2016. Her primary research interests are in sport performance and injury prevention; however, she is also working on a thesis in exercise physiology. Outside of the graduate program, Nicole loves spending her spare time weightlifting, powerlifting, coaching at two local gyms, hiking, watching sports, and traveling.


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