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Li-Shan Chou, Ph.D.

Li-Shan Chou, Ph.D.

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Kinesiology
  • Affiliated Faculty, Neuroscience Graduate Program
  • Faculty Associate, Gerontology Program
Li-Shan Chou is currently the Chair and Professor in Department of Kinesiology at the Iowa State University (ISU). He received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tatung Institute of Technology in Taiwan, and subsequently earned his MS and Ph.D. degrees, both in Mechanical Engineering, from University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as completed his postdoctoral training at University of Chicago and Mayo Clinic. He has served on the faculty of University of Oregon for 19 years (4 years as the Department Head of Human Physiology) before joining ISU in 2019. His interdisciplinary research investigates biomechanical markers that lead to sensitive detection and understanding of underlying mechanisms related to mobility/balance impairments associated with aging, musculoskeletal diseases or injuries, and traumatic brain injury. His research works have received funding from the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Health, and Department of Defense. Up to date, he has mentored 17 PhDs and many masters and undergraduate students, and his team published more than 115 peer-reviewed papers. His teaching is in the areas of biomechanical analysis of human movement, orthopedic biomechanics, and rehabilitation engineering. He is a Fellow of American Society of Biomechanics and serves as the Associate Editor and Section Editor to Gait and Posture and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, respectively. He is also the past-president of the International Society of Biomechanics 3D Analysis of Human Movement Technical Group.

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  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tatung Institute of Technology, 1987
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1990
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1995