Laboratory of Christopher Ferrigno, PhD, PT

Christopher Ferrigno, PhD, PT is an assistant professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Medicine. In his doctoral work, he was trained as both an anatomist and a biomechanist with a focus on 3D motion analysis. He holds a clinical master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University) and a Bachelor of Science in Education from University of Georgia. His research focus is developing conservative biomechanical treatments for musculoskeletal joint disorders and disease.

Our work

Recent biomechanical projects focus on:

  • improving conservative treatment options available to patients with knee osteoarthritis
  • enhancing accuracy of limited weight bearing following lower limb fracture repair
  • using portable and clinically appropriate tools to quantify knee torques
  • developing a motion assessment that can discriminate between stable and unstable knees following joint replacement

Recent anatomy education projects focus on:

  • developing activities in the pre-clerkship curriculum which enhance team-based learning
  • improving teaching approaches to health science education that improve student performance and satisfaction
  • facilitating students to identify anatomical variation and describing them in scientific literature

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Technology and methods

The work of Dr. Ferrigno occurs within the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Rush University, in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.  Directed by Dr. Markus Wimmer, this lab combines 3D motion of the human body with other biomechanical input to recreate the movement, loading and muscular contribution during a variety of tasks. The laboratory is equipped to quantify detailed movement of the feet, ankles, knees and hips during functional tasks including walking on level or ramped surfaces, ascending or descending stairs, and sitting into, or rising from, a chair. The laboratory is also outfitted to assess upper extremity and full body motion for dynamic activities such as pitching, though this is not the focus of Dr. Ferrigno’s research.

Some of the equipment used in Ferrigno’s research include:

Other equipment in the laboratory include:

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Motion Analysis Laboratory
  1. He J, Lippman K, Shakoor N, Ferrigno C, Wimmer MA.  Unsupervised Gait Retraining Using a Wireless Pressure-Detecting Shoe Insole. Gait and Posture, May; 70: 408-413, 2019. PMID: 30986588
  2. Ferrigno C, Wimmer MA, Trombley RM, Lundberg HJ, Shakoor N, Thorp LE.  A Reduction in the Knee Adduction Moment with Medial Thrust Gait is Associated with a Medial Shift in Center of Plantar Pressure. Medical Engineering and Physics, July; 38(7): 615-21, 2016. PMID: 27158051
  3. Ardestani M, Ferrigno C, Moazen M, Wimmer MA. From Normal to Fast Walking: Impact of Cadence and Stride Length on Lower Extremity Joint Moments. Gait and Posture, May 3, 46, 118-125, 2016. PMID: 27131188
  4. Ferrigno C, Stoller I, Thorp LE, Shakoor N, Wimmer MA.  The Feasibility of Using Augmented Auditory Feedback from a Pressure Detecting Insole to Reduce the Knee Adduction Moment: a Proof of Concept Study.  Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Feb 1; 138(2), 2016. PMID: 26632644
Human Anatomy Laboratory
  1. Katrikh AZ, Savarese DP, Ferrigno C. A case of biceps brachii accessory humeral head associated with variant musculocutaneous and median nerve communications with clinical implications. European Journal of Anatomy, 23 (2): 137-140, 2019.
  2. Katrikh AZ, Maheia T, Ferrigno C. Variations of hepatic circulation in two human cadavers with clinical implications, International Journal of Anatomical Variation;11(3):109-110, Sep 2018.

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Our team

Graduate Students

Jade He

Jade’s dissertation research implements biofeedback to retrain gait of individuals with medial knee osteoarthritis (OA), with an aim to improve knee load longitudinally. She is conducting a clinical trial of a wireless, pressure-detecting shoe insole, a smartphone app, and a flexible shoe that provide biofeedback based on foot pressure distribution. The trial includes home-based gait retraining with the insole and smartphone application with the main goal of improving loading conditions at the knee.  This study seeks to take a laboratory-based insole concept and apply it in the a clinical setting.

Jade is from California, moving there from China with her mother is 2005. Her Master’s degree is from Rush University where she studied spine biomechanics.  She attended University of California—San Diego and majored in bioengineering: pre-medical.

Leora Cramer

Leora is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences with a specific focus on gait analysis. Her thesis explores the use pressure-detecting shoe insoles to estimate forces that can affect lower extremity joints during walking.  Her interest is in seeing how devices and human motion analysis will aid in the age of longevity and increased access to technology.

Leora has a certification in Data Analytics at Northeastern University in Boston (2017), and has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Systems Neuroscience from Brandeis University (2010), where she investigated arm reach adaptation to a novel force-perturbing device, and subsequent post-adaptation response. More recently, she volunteered at Shriners Hospital Motion Analysis Laboratory, assisting with projects concerning: (1) Scoliosis range of motion before and after surgery, (2) Acute transverse myelitis in preparation for retrospective study.

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Christopher Ferrigno, PhD, PT
Assistant Professor
Department of Cell & Molecular Medicine
Rush University Medical Center
Armour Academic Facility
600 S Paulina St. Room 512G
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 563-2692

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