Michael Holmes, PhD

Associate Professor, Kinesiology
Canada Research Chair in Neuromuscular Mechanics and Ergonomics

Michael Holmes is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Neuromuscular Mechanics and Ergonomics. Mike’s research program integrates neurophysiology with biomechanics to understand upper extremity disorders. We interact with tools and objects every day. It is one of the most fundamental aspects of human movement. All too often, people leave work at the end of the day suffering from aches or pains. This influences performance at work and quality of life at home. Mike’s lab explores upper limb function to improve worker performance and minimize injury.

He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and a Graduate Faculty Member for the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

  • Biomechanics
  • Ergonomics
  • Neuromechanics
  • Member, Canadian Society for Biomechanics
  • Member, International Society of Electrophysiology & Kinesiology
  • Member, American Society of Biomechanics
  • Member, Association of Canadian Ergonomists
  • Member, Neural Control of Movement
  • Functional and Ergonomic Assessment
  • KINE 4P01: Occupational Ergonomics

Research Grants

  • MS Society of Canada
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) – Tier 2 Canada Research Chair
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation & Ontario Research Fund for Small Infrastructure Funds (CFI’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) – Engage Grant
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) – Discovery Grant
  • Australian Spinal Research Foundation
  • Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders

Our lab is always looking for motivated students (graduate and post-doctoral). Research topics broadly include fundamental laboratory work and applied industry partnerships related to Occupational Biomechanics, Neuromechanics, Ergonomics and Sport Biomechanics. Students with a strong background in Kinesiology, Engineering or Neuroscience are encouraged to reach out for more details.

Our lab regularly has Undergraduate opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering or course-based opportunities, please reach out!

Neuromechanics and Ergonomics Lab

The Neuromechanics and Ergonomics Lab at Brock University features state-of-the-art biomechanics, neurophysiology and ergonomics hardware and software.