The research goal of the MAREY Lab is to better understand how humans maintain balance and control locomotion during activities of daily living with the hope of ameliorating the declines in health that occur when these systems are not functioning properly.  We have examined the biomechanics of gait and balance in infants, children, athletes, older adults and patients with pathology and have explored how these populations are able (or unable) to maintain upright postural control and safe gait patterns under a variety of challenging environmental conditions. 

The MAREY Lab was named for Etienne Jules Marey, the French scientist who pioneered field of cinematography laying the ground work for much of the instrumentation that we use in biomechanics today.  We conduct state-of-the-art research in the areas of biomechanics, motor learning and development, motor control, visual perception, gerontology and rehabilitation and provide SF State students with the opportunity for high quality research training experiences. The lab is an approximately 1000 sq. ft. space equipped with a 10-camera Vicon motion capture system, two Bertec force platforms, one Kistler portable force plate, a custom staircase with seven instrumented stairs, two ASL head-mounted eye-tracking systems and a Noraxon EMG system. Additionally, we have several computer stations for data analysis equipped with Visual 3D, Matlab and statistical software for data analysis.

Lab Location: Gym 150

Contact: Dr. Kate Hamel


Phone: (415) 338-3921