is a 2017-2021 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in bioengineering at The University of Kansas. She received a B.S (2014) in biomedical engineering with a concentration in pre-medicine from Robert Morris University, Moon Township, PA, and a M.S. (2019) in bioengineering from The University of Kansas. Ms. Mutunga’s thesis focused on the characterization of trunk, lumbar and pelvic coordination patterns in runners, with and without a history of low back pain. Her doctoral dissertation work expands on this research by looking at shoulder, torso, pelvic and hip rotations and coordination patterns in lower limb amputees during running and walking. In the future, Ms. Mutunga would like to a pursue a career that would allow her to advance biomedical research in developing nations. She believes equipping developing nations with the industrial ability to solve their own health-related problems would reduce the economic burden on developed nations, while simultaneously making science more diverse and accessible.
Mentor: Sara Wilson, Associate Professor, Bioengineering