MAE Welcomes Dr. Costello to AI Biomechanics

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department welcomes Dr. Kerry Costello to AI Biomechanics.

Dr. Costello’s research focuses on understanding the role of movement biomechanics and physical activity in musculoskeletal health, with an emphasis on knee osteoarthritis. This work utilizes motion capture, wearable sensors and machine learning to examine how time-varying, multidimensional joint loads experienced during human movement contribute to disease progression. She recently received a career development award through the Rheumatology Research Foundation to study the role of physical activity patterns in knee osteoarthritis progression using deep learning.

Dr. Costello joins us from a NIH F32 & T32 funded postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training at Boston University and the Section of Rheumatology at the Boston University School of Medicine. She previously completed her doctoral work in biomedical engineering at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, a master’s degree in biomedical engineering at Virginia Tech and her undergraduate degree in biomedical and mechanical engineering at Duke University. Dr. Costello also spent a year doing research at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado and a year completing a Fulbright scholarship at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Outside of research, Dr. Costello is active with the Osteoarthritis Research Society International for which she created, hosts and produces the ‘Hey OA’ podcast. In her freshman year as an undergraduate, she joined the Duke University women’s lacrosse team as a walk on and went on to an ACC championship win and the NCAA tournament Final Four with the team. She continued her collegiate athletic career as a 4-year starter on the Dalhousie University field hockey team during her PhD, winning 3 Atlantic University Field Hockey Championships, and was named to the League All-Star team in her final year. Nowadays, Dr. Costello and her husband, Paul, a native Canadian, enjoy getting outdoors for activities such as hiking and biking, and traveling to new places. They are looking forward to the warm Florida weather and becoming Gators sports enthusiasts!

The department is looking forward to having Dr. Costello thrive in the Swamp!

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