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Sai Vikas Yalla, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Sai Vikas Yalla is an Assistant Professor at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine where he lectures in the Department of Podiatric Surgery and Applied Biomechanics. He graduated with a doctoral degree from the University of Louisville with two “Best Industrial Engineering Graduate” awards for Masters in 2006 and for PhD in 2009.

Dr. Yalla has more than 12 years of experience in the field of biomechanics performing material testing, finite element modelling, human movement evaluation, and identifying human injury/risk thresholds. Since joining CLEAR, his research has been focused in developing portable wearable sensors for objective assessment of gait, balance, activity and compliance. Dr. Yalla’s vision is to use innovative technology to develop new avenues for understanding human movement biomechanics, towards improving injury prevention and quality of life.

Curriculum Vitae

Research

Applied biomechanics: With use of innovative validated body worn sensors, we are able to quantify and analyze human gait, balance, muscle activity, patient compliance, and monitor activity in terms of sitting, standing, walking and lying. Dr. Yalla has focused his expertise in investigating diabetic complications of the lower extremities, fall prevention, and improving patient lifestyles through postural stability training.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Yalla S.V., Crews R.T., Fleischer A.E., Grewal G., Ortiz J. & Najafi B., (in press) “An immediate effect of custom-made ankle foot orthoses on postural stability in older adults.” Clinical Biomechanics. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2014.10.007

Campbell-Kyureghyan, N., Yalla, S. V., Burnett, D., Voor, M. “Effect of Orientation on Measured Failure Strengths of Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Segments”, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 2011, May; 4(4): 549-57

Ryan T. Crews, Yalla, S. V., Adam Fleischer and Stephanie C. Wu, “A Growing Troubling Triad: Diabetes, Aging and Falls”, Journal of Aging Research Journal of Aging Research Volume 2013, Article ID 342650 http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/342650

Garg, A., Campbell-Kyureghyan, N., Kapellusch, J., Yalla, S.V. “Low Back: Musculoskeletal Disorders, Job Evaluation and Design Principles” to appear in "The Occupational Environment - Its Evaluation, Control, and Management", 3rd edition, AIHA Publication, Pages 1024-1057, 2012

Garg, A., Campbell-Kyureghyan, N., Seo, N., Yalla, S.V., Kapellusch, J. “Upper Extremities: Musculoskeletal Disorders, Job Evaluation and Design Principles” to appear in "The Occupational Environment - Its Evaluation, Control, and Management", 3rd edition, AIHA Publication, Pages 1058-1085, 2012.

Ryan T. Crews and Yalla, S.V “Biomechanical and Physical activity considerations for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy” to appear in “Gait Biometrics: Basic Patterns, Role of Neurological Disorders and Effects of Physical Activity” (in review)

Kelly, C , Yalla, S.V , Grewal, G , Albright, R , Berns, D , Crews RT , Najafi B, ‘Fear of Falling is Prevalent among Older Adults with Diabetes Mellitus but Unrelated to Level of Neuropathy’. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 103(6): 480-488

Sai V. Yalla, Ryan T. Crews, “Rethinking device design to improve compliance” Lower Extremity Review, September issue 2012

Teaching

Gait lab workshops involving:

  • Objective gait evaluation
  • Postural control evaluation

Course Lectures:

  • Statistical concepts for designing a clinical research study
  • Single and multiple linear regression, Survival Analysis
  • Course coordinator for Sports medicine research projects