Hannah Dimmick, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Kinesiology
Supervisor: Dr. Reed Ferber
Prior to moving to Calgary for her PhD, Hannah received an undergraduate and master's degree from the University of Kansas. Hannah’s master's work was focused on motor unit recruitment patterns and muscle characteristics in sedentary and endurance-trained individuals, as well as comparing analysis methodologies for determining motor unit properties during fatiguing tasks.
Hannah began her PhD at the University of Calgary with Dr. Reed Ferber in 2019 with support from We-TRAC, a Vanier CGS Scholarship, and an Alberta Innovates Studentship. Her research has largely focused on using wearable devices to analyze biomechanical patterns of fatigue using subject-specific modeling and machine learning methods. Hannah has used the We-TRAC Citizen Scientist Database to investigate these patterns in real-world activities, as well as lab-based studies performed in partnership with We-TRAC colleagues in the MEEP lab using inertial measurement units.
Recently, Hannah's interest in subject-specific modeling and wearables has led her to clinical studies, working with partners at the Cumming School of Medicine and Alberta Health Services to investigate fluctuations of symptoms, activity, and sleep in myasthenia gravis patients. Hannah plans to continue using wearable device data to leverage subject-specific modeling techniques in both athletic and clinical contexts, with the eventual goal of being able to individualize training and interventions for various populations.
Hannah is also currently completing a We-TRAC placement with Protxx, a medical device company.
In her free time, you can find Hannah running, hiking, and reminding people that the KU basketball team has the most wins in NCAA history.