Faculty & Staff


Loren Z.F. Chiu, PhD, CSCS

Associate Professor

Physical Education and Recreation

About Me

PhD (Biokinesiology), University of Southern California, 2008
MS (Human Movement Sciences and Education), The University of Memphis, 2002
BHK, University of British Columbia, 2000


• Academic training in muscle physiology (MS, The University of Memphis), anatomy and biomechanics (PhD, University of Southern California)

• Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (National Strength and Conditioning Association)

• Level 1 Weightlifting Coach (Canadian Weightlifting Federation)


Dr. Chiu’s research program investigates how the design of the musculoskeletal system influences performance of multi-joint human movement. This research has three inter-related tracks:

• Examining how the structure of bones and joints influences physical function

• Determining how the strength of key muscles influences performance of multi-joint movement

• Developing novel techniques and equipment to evaluate human movement and muscle function


PEDS 206: Biomechanics
PEDS 306: Quantitative Biomechanics of Physical Activity
PEDS 400: Human Gross Anatomy
PEDS 500: Seminar in Biomechanics