Victor Chan

PhD Student
Supervised by Ryan 2019-2023

Victor completed his Bachelor’s of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto in 2016 where he began his research career by assisting on a project that assessed the kinematic and kinetic differences in single-leg squat variations. He completed his MSc under the supervision of Dr. Tyson Beach at the University of Toronto in 2018 where he applied biomechanical analyses and principles of motor learning to identify effective approaches to (re)train workers. This included exploring how individuals utilize various forms of sensory information - including education, visual cues, tactile cues, and knowledge of performance feedback - to subsequently alter their lifting movements in a spine-sparring manner in the short- and long-term. Projects during Victor’s MSc included: “Using visual aids to influence manual lifting techniques–Acute effects of viewing static images on spine motion”; “Systems-based approach to the study of spinal control: A review of literature and a proposed intervention to improve the speed of information relay”; “Mechanical work done by lower extremity vs. lumbosacral joint moments in single-leg squats”; and his thesis titled: “A comparison of augmented feedback and didactic approaches to reduce spine motion during box and paramedic lifting tasks”.


For his PhD research, Victor is looking to apply machine learning to his assessment of lifting-related tasks. He is currently working on a project that to quantify the changes in spinal stability after a fatiguing protocol. Stay tuned for more updates on his developing thesis.


  • Spine biomechanics

  • Movement assessment & (re)training

  • Motor learning

  • Machine learning

Funding Sources

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) PGS-D (2019-2022)

  • University of Ottawa Excellence Scholarship (2019-2022)

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) CGS-M (2017-2018)

  • University of Toronto Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (2015)

  • University of Toronto Jean Forster Scholarship (2012)

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