David Rempel, MD, MPH

Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus David Rempel MD, MPH, started the UC Ergonomics Program in 1991. He has been teaching, doing research, and consulting in the field of ergonomics for 20 years and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. He continues his research part-time through the UC Ergonomics Lab. Professor Rempel was a member of the National Research Council’s Panel on Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace, served on the ANSI Z-365 Committee (Control of Musculoskeletal Disorders), is an ad hoc reviewer for NIH and OSH study sections, and is currently a member of...

Dr. Jim Potvin, PhD, CCPE

Professor Emeritus, McMaster University

Jim received a B.H.K. in Kinesiology from the University of Windsor (1986) and a M.Sc. (1988) and Ph.D. (1992) in biomechanics from the University of Waterloo. He was a professor for 23 years at the University of Guelph, University of Windsor and McMaster University, where is he now a Professor Emeritus. He is also the owner of Potvin Biomechanics Inc. Jim researches in the areas of biomechanics and physical ergonomics. His basic research focuses on the study of joint mechanics and muscle fatigue and his applied research focuses on developing valid ergonomic methods to quantify...

Daphne Miller, MD

Growing Health Collaborative Director

Cristina Banks, PhD

Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces (ICHW) Director

Dr. Banks is Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces, a global research center at the University of California, Berkeley whose purpose is to gather together all known science across disciplines regarding employee health and well-being and to translate findings into a new organizational template for healthy workplaces. In collaboration with Dr. Sheldon Zedeck, Dr. Banks leads a team of 30 researchers spanning multiple disciplines and 20+ affiliates in collecting and integrating known scientific findings and creating new research programs to advance our knowledge in...

Alan Barr, MS

Senior engineer on staff at the UCB/UCSF Ergonomics Graduate Training Program

Alan has degrees in biomechanics and biomedical engineering. He is the senior engineer on staff at the UCB/UCSF Ergonomics Graduate Training Program. He spent the last 13 years collaborating on research related to health and safety issues surrounding the use of hand-operated drills used in concrete drilling. He has designed and built many prototypes to be formally studied as effective interventions in mitigating potentially harmful effects associated with traditional drilling methods. His true passion is raising his three daughters.

Dr. Michelle Robertson, PhD, CPE

Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University, Director, Office Ergonomics Research Committee.

Michelle is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) and holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology, M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Human Factors/Ergonomics from the University of California Santa Barbara. She is a Fellow of the HFES and IEA. Dr. Robertson has published over 95 articles in human factors/ergonomics and has presented her work nationally and internationally. She has been the recipient of several awards, including the Best Paper Award of HFES; NORA/NIOSH innovative research award for her work on designing a macro...

Kirk Smith, PhD, MPH

Global Health and Environment Program Director

Dr. Niklas Krause, MD, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF

Dr. Niklas Krause, MD, MPH, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF with expertise in the epidemiology of low back pain related to work and psychosocial and work organizational factors. Professor Krause lectures in PH269C and PH269D and advises students conducting epidemiologic research. He is collaborating with Dr. Rempel on four epidemiologic studies.

Laura Stock, MPH

Labor Occupational Health Program Director

Fadi Fathallah, PhD

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at UC Davis Professor

Professor Fadi Fathallah, PhD, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at UC Davis, provides lectures in the Ergonomics course at UC Berkeley. His expertise in spine biomechanics (with Professor Krause’s expertise in low back pain) helps to fill a previously identified weakness in this area. The UCSF/Berkeley Ergonomics Program was instrumental in convincing the Davis campus to invest in a tenure-track faculty FTE in ergonomics and has now developed strong collaborations in agricultural ergonomics teaching and research crossing campus lines.