Dr. Alena Grabowski
Dr. Alena Grabowski is a VA Research Healthcare Scientist in Denver and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado Boulder. She conducts basic and clinical human research and directs the Applied Biomechanics Lab. Her primary areas of research expertise incorporate human biomechanics, physiology, and mechatronics. Her research goals are to further understand and characterize human movement in order to implement mechanical devices that assist and/or enhance locomotion. Specifically, she conducts research on human walking, running, hopping, jumping, and sprinting, and investigates the biomechanical and physiological effects of mechanical devices such as prostheses, orthoses, exoskeletons, weight support systems, and sports equipment on people with and without physical disabilities. Dr. Grabowski has analyzed the effects of passive and powered prostheses for walking, and of running-specific prostheses in US Paralympic athletes, Service members, and Veterans with leg amputations.