Motion Analysis Research Center - Researchers

The Motion Analysis Research Center (MARC) at Samuel Merritt University (SMU) is a 2,000 ft2 state-of-the art laboratory designed to advance the scientific study of human motion in education, research and patient care. The Motion Analysis Research Center, consisting of a main data capture room with four separate research suites, changing facilities, storage, and the director’s office, provides faculty and students with the opportunity to study human motion by means of such equipment as a nine-camera motion capture system (Qualisys) capable of tracking whole body human motion with sub-millimeter accuracy.

The Motion Analysis Research Center is conveniently located in Oakland, next door to Alta Bates Summit Health Center. The current director, Professor Drew Smith, selected from a global search, is an expert in human motion analysis with more than 35 years of experience, which includes research and teaching roles in both universities and hospitals. Starting in December 2014, the position of Laboratory Manager is held by Dr. Stephen Hill who previously was the Laboratory Manager in the Gait Laboratory at Southern Illinois University in Springfield IL.

Researchers interested in utilizing the Motion Analysis Research Center - please download the Executive Summary PDF to learn more.

Click here to download the Motion Analysis Research Center PDF brochure.


Bob Baker, PT, PhD, MBA, OCS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Motion Analysis Research Center​

Dr. Baker has 30 years of blended experience in orthopedic physical therapy and clinical research. He writes and publishes on lower extremity biomechanics, including Best Practice Iliotibial Band Syndrome. His research interests have been focused on the biomechanical investigation of lower extremity running injuries. Other research interests include motor control and functional testing related to orthopedic and sports injuries. 


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