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Jason Franz

10206C Mary Ellen Jones Building
UNC Chapel Hill
(919) 966-6119,

Research Areas:
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • 2012 Ph.D. Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado Boulder
  • 2006 M.S. Engineering Science and Mechanics (Biomechanics), Virginia Tech
  • 2004 B.S. Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech


Dr. Jason Franz received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech. After serving as a staff scientist in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Virginia, he received his Ph.D. in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado Boulder. He then completed an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 2015, Dr. Franz has served as an Assistant Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Director of the UNC Applied Biomechanics Laboratory. His laboratory’s mission is to preserve independent mobility and prevent falls in our rapidly aging population through scientific, technological and translational innovation. The laboratory uses a highly integrative approach that combines quantitative motion analysis and electromyography with dynamic ultrasound imaging, computational simulation and virtual reality.

Research Interests

Neuromuscular biomechanics
Sensorimotor control
Aging and age-related mobility impairment


Academic Career Leadership Academy in Medicine (ACCLAIM) Program, 2019-2020
NIH Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Award, 2017-2019
National Academies Scientific Teaching Fellow, 2017-2018
NIH TIGRR (Training in Grantsmanship in Rehabilitation Research) Fellow 2017
Post-doctoral Young Scientist Award, American Society of Biomechanics 2015

Courses Taught

BMME205: Mechanics
BMME405/890: Biomechanics of Movement

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