Alena Grabowski
Assistant Professor
Integrative Physiology

Office: Clare 103    
Fax: 303-492-4009

Research Interests

  • The interaction of physiology and biomechanics during human locomotion; specifically how the implementation of assistive mechanical devices, such as prostheses and exoskeletons, influence walking, running, hopping, and sprinting.
  • Applied Biomechanics Laboratory.

Education

  • 1995-1998, B.A., Kinesiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  • 2002-2007, Ph.D., Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Professional Experience

  • 2007-2011, Post-doctoral Fellow, Media Lab Biomechatronics Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • 2009-2011, Research Scientist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Providence VA Center for Restorative & Regenerative Medicine, Providence, RI
  • 2011-2012, Research Specialist, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Whirlwind Wheelchair International, San Francisco, CA
  • 2012-2013, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  • 2013-Present, Research Healthcare Scientist, Department of Veterans Affairs, Eastern Colorado Healthcare System, Denver, CO
  • 2013-Present, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

Recent Publications

  • Arellano CJ, McDermott WJ, Kram R, Grabowski AM. Effect of running speed and leg prostheses on mediolateral foot placement and its variability. PLoS ONE 10: e0115637, 1-17, 2015.
  • Beck ON, Kipp S, Roby JM, Grabowski AM, Kram R, Ortega JD. Older runners retain youthful running economy despite biomechanical differences. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 48: 697-704, 2016.
  • Beck ON, Taboga P, Grabowski AM. Characterizing the mechanical properties of running-specific lower-limb prostheses. PLoS ONE 11: e0168298, 2016.
  • Beck ON, Taboga P, Grabowski AM. How do prosthetic stiffness, height, and running speed affect the biomechanics of athletes with bilateral transtibial amputations? Royal Society Interface 14: 20170230, 2017.
  • Beck ON, Taboga P, Grabowski AM. Prosthetic model, but not stiffness or height, affects the metabolic cost of running for athletes with unilateral transtibial amputations. Journal of Applied Physiology 123: 38-48, 2017.
  • Beck ON, Taboga P, Grabowski AM. Reduced prosthetic stiffness lowers the metabolic cost of running for athletes with bilateral transtibial amputations. Journal of Applied Physiology 122: 976-984, 2017.
  • Jeffers JR, Auyang AG, Grabowski AM. The correlation between metabolic and mechanical power during walking at different velocities and slopes. Journal of Biomechanics 48: 2919-2924, 2015.
  • Pickle NT, Grabowski AM, Auyang AG, Silverman AK. The functional roles of muscles during sloped walking. Journal of Biomechanics 49: 3244-3251, 2016.
  • Taboga P, Grabowski AM. Axial and Torsional Stiffness of Pediatric Prosthetic Feet. Clinical Biomechanics 42: 47-54, 2017.
  • Taboga P, Grabowski AM, di Prampero PE, Kram R. Optimal starting block configuration in sprint running; a comparison of biological and prosthetic legs. Journal of Applied Biomechanics 30: 381-389, 2014.
  • Taboga P, Kram R, Grabowski AM. Maximum-speed curve-running biomechanics of sprinters with and without unilateral leg amputations. Journal of Experimental Biology 219: 851-858, 2016.