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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.


Meghan Critchley, Masters Student

Meghan Critchley received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Dance Science from the University of Wyoming in 2015. Meghan is interested in dance and sports biomechanics and hopes to apply her research to injury prevention and dancer wellness programs. She enjoys fly fishing, camping, and teaching dance classes to young children in the community.


Danny Davis, Undergraduate Student

Danny Davis is an undergraduate student pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. After graduation in May of 2018, he is looking forward to continuing his education at a Biomechanics Master’s Program. His research interests include sports technique, jump, and strength and conditioning biomechanics and is currently helping with jump-mechanics and ACL injury risk. 

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