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Vipul Lugade, PhD

Associate Professor and Director of the MARL

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences


Vipul Lugade joined the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences in September 2021. He is the director of the Motion Analysis Research Laboratory and an associate professor in the Division of Physical Therapy.

Vipul’s research includes the development of tools to remotely monitor activity, the investigation of body-worn sensors, evaluating concussions in adolescents and the risk of falls in older adults, and the use of large-scale datasets to optimize disease prognosis and recommend individualized intervention in a range of populations.

Over the past 12 years, Lugade has also provided data science and software solutions to medical, academic and independent engineering groups through a company he founded, Control One, LLC. He previously held positions as a postdoctoral fellow at the Mayo Clinic and as an independent scholar in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, rehabilitation and body-worn monitoring, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
  • PhD, human physiology and biomechanics, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.
  • MS, human physiology and biomechanics, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.
  • BS, engineering, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, Calif.

Research Interests

  • Gait balance control in older adults at risk of falling
  • Development of remote activity monitoring tools
  • Return-to-play decision making in adolescents with mild traumatic brain injury
  • Dual-task motor and cognitive evaluations
  • Personalized single- and dual-task intervention in adolescents with concussion and older adults with balance impairment
  • Longitudinal change in health outcomes following joint arthroplasty

Teaching Interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Research design
  • Motion analysis