Michelle Sabick, Ph.D.

Dean; Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Education

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests

Sabick’s research interests include biomechanics of the shoulder and elbow, baseball pitching mechanics, diagnosis of superior labral (SLAP) tears, medical device development and engineering education.

Publications and Media Placements

Printed Archival Peer-Reviewed Journals
Kipp K, Pfeiffer R, Sabick M, Harris C, Sutter J, Kuhlman S, Shea KJ (2014). “Muscle Synergies During a Single-Leg Drop-Landing in Boys and Girls”, Journal of Applied Biomechanics in press.

Johnson JL, van Wijk K, Sabick M. (2014). “Characterizing Phantom Arteries with Multi-channel Laser Ultrasonics and Photo-acoustics”, Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 40(3):513-520. DOI: 10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2013.10.011

Kipp K, Harris C, Sabick M. (2013). “Correlations between Internal and External Power Outputs during Weightlifting Exercise”, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 27(4): 1025-1030. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318264c2d8

Kipp K, Redden J, Harris C, Sabick M. (2012). “Weightlifting Performance is Related to Kinematic and Kinetic Patterns of the Hip and Knee Joints”, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(7): 1838-44. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318239c1d2

Kipp K, Redden J, Harris C, Sabick M. (2012). “Kinematic and Kinetic Synergies of the Lower Extremities During the Pull in Olympic Weightlifting”, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 28(3):271-8.

Wood VJC, Sabick MB, Pfeiffer RP, Kuhlman SM, Christensen JH, Curtin MJ. (2011). “Glenohumeral Muscle Activation During Provocative Tests Designed to Diagnose Superior Labrum Anterior-Posterior Lesions”, American Journal of Sports Medicine, 39(12): 2670-8. DOI: 10.1177/0363546511419822

Kipp K, Harris C, Sabick M. (2011). “Lower Extremity Biomechanics During Weightlifting Exercise Vary Across Joint and Load”, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(5):1229-1234. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181da780b

Kuhlman S, Sabick MB, Pfeiffer R, Cooper B, Forhan J. (2010). “Effect of Loading Condition on Traction Coefficient Between Shoes and Artificial Turf Surfaces”, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Vol. 224, Part P, Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 155-165. DOI: 10.1243/17543371JSET56

Ramappa AJ, Chen P-H, Hawkins RJ, Noonan T, Hackett T, Sabick MB, Decker MJ, Keeley D, Torry MR. (2010). “Anterior Shoulder Forces in Professional and Youth Pitchers”, Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 30(1):1-7. DOI: 10.1097/BPO.0b013e3181c87ca2

Clark DA, Sabick MB, Pfieffer RP, Kuhlman SM, Knigge NA, Shea KG. (2009). “Influence of Towing Force Magnitude on the Kinematics of Supramaximal Sprinting”, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 23(4):1162-1168. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318194df84

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers
Johnson J,Sabick M, VanWijk K. Non-Contact Photoacoustic and Laser-Ultrasound Imaging of Optical Absorbers and Acoustic Scatterers in Tissue Phantoms, accepted for American Society of Biomechanics Annual Meeting, Omaha, NE, September 5-8, 2013.

Johnson J, Sabick M, VanWijk K. All-Optical Photoacoustic Detection of Absorbers in Tissue Phantoms, Journal of Medical Devices, in press 2013. [Nominated for best paper] Sabick M, Johnson J•. Robust Optical Sensor for Noninvasive Cardiac Monitoring, Proceedings of the American Society of Biomechanics, Gainesville, FL, August 15-18, 2012.

Kuhlman S, Gerard C, Siewert B, Burns J, Sabick M. Development of Modular Ultrasound Transducer Grips to Reduce Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Sonographers, Journal of Medical Devices, 6(1):017588, March 2012.

Johnson J, Sabick M, Kuhlman S, Seale W. Development of a Reliable and Versatile Photoplethysmograph Device, Journal of Medical Devices, 6(1):017589, March 2012.

Kuhlman S, Gerard C, Burns J, Sabick M. Effect of Probe Size on EMG Activity of the Wrist and Hand in Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, Proceedings of the American Society of Biomechanics, Long Beach, CA, August 10-13, 2011.

Gerard C, Kuhlman S, Burns J, Sabick M. Effect of Probe Size on EMG Activity of the Wrist and Hand in Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, Northwest Biomechanics Symposium, Vancouver, BC, June 3-4, 2011.

Kipp K, Redden J, Sabick M, Harris C. Kinematic and Kinetic Patterns in Olympic Weightlifting, XXVIIth International Society for Biomechanics in Sport Conference, Marquette, MI, July 19-23, 2010.

Pfeiffer RP, Kipp K, Sabick MB, Kuhlman S, Sutter, Shea KG. Gender Differences in Lower Extremity Landing Mechanics in Youth Soccer Players Performing a Single-Leg Landing, ACL Research Retreat, Greenville, NC, March 25-27, 2010.

Cooper B, Pfeiffer R, Sabick M, Kuhlman S, Simonson S, Shea K. Peak Traction Coefficients of Cleated Athletic Shoes at Various Angles of Internal Rotation on Artificial Turf, Proceedings of the American Society of Biomechanics, State College, PA, August 26-29, 2009.

Bennett M, Kuhlman S, Sabick M, Pfeiffer R, Laverson S. Differences in Upper Body Posture and Postural Muscle Activation in Females with Larger Breast Sizes, Proceedings of the American Society of Biomechanics, State College, PA, August 26-29, 2009.

Wood V, Sabick M, Pfeiffer R, Kuhlman S, Christensen J, Curtin M, Nilsson K, Shea K. Evaluation of Glenohumeral Muscles During Provocative Tests Designed to Diagnose SLAP Lesions, Proceedings of the American Society of Biomechanics, State College, PA, August 26-29, 2009.

Kuhlman SM, Sabick MB, Pfeiffer R, Cooper B, Forhan J. Effect of Loading Condition on Traction Coefficient between Shoes and Artificial Turf Surfaces, Proceedings of the American Society of Biomechanics, State College, PA, August 26-29, 2009.

Cooper B, Pfeiffer R, Sabick M, Kuhlman S, Simonson S, Shea K. Peak Traction Coefficients of Cleated Athletic Shoes at Various Angles of Internal Rotation on Artificial Turf, Northwest Biomechanics Symposium, Pullman, WA, June 5-6, 2009.

Bennett M, Kuhlman S, Sabick M, Pfeiffer R, Laverson S. Differences in Upper Body Posture and Postural Muscle Activation due to Breast Hypertrophy, Northwest Biomechanics Symposium, Pullman, WA, June 5-6, 2009.

Wood V, Sabick M, Pfeiffer R, Kuhlman S, Christensen J, Curtin M, Nilsson K, Shea K. Evaluation of Glenohumeral Muscles During Provocative SLAP Lesion Tests, Northwest Biomechanics Symposium, Pullman, WA, June 5-6, 2009.

Kuhlman SM, Sabick MB, Pfeiffer R, Cooper B, Forhan J. Effect of Loading Condition on Traction Coefficient between Shoes and Artificial Turf Surfaces, Northwest Biomechanics Symposium, Pullman, WA, June 5-6, 2009.

Keeley D, Torry M, Hackett T, Sabick M, Keirns M. Predictors of Pitch Velocity in Youth and Professional Baseball Pitchers, Transactions of the 55rd Ann. Mtg. Orthopaedic Research Society, Las Vegas, NV, February 22-25, 2009.

Patents
Sabick, M., Johnson J. (2012). U.S. Patent 8,707,549. Burns, J. Sabick M., Kuhlman, S., Gerard, C., Siewert, B. (2012). US Patent Application 13/442,593.

Community Work

Michelle Sabick, Ph.D. was appointed to the role of Dean effective July 1, 2016, in February 2016. “I am thrilled to find that we have such talented leadership here at SLU,” said University Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D. “I am convinced that Michelle is the right person at the right time to lead Parks College, and to elevate its reputation and impact on our students and the world.”

Throughout her career, Sabick has been passionate about improving the ways that universities deliver engineering education to students. She has been highly involved in efforts to transform teaching practices at both SLU and Boise State, where she infused classroom lectures with more interactive and hands-on learning experiences.

Sabick assumed the role of Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Saint Louis University in July, 2014. Prior to joining the faculty at SLU, Sabick served as Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. She also co-founded the Center for Orthopaedic and Biomechanics Research at Boise State, and has served on the Executive Board of the American Society of Biomechanics since 2006. Sabick’s research areas include orthopaedic biomechanics and medical device development.

She has worked on more than 20 funded research projects and holds two patents. Additionally, she has made more than 70 conference presentations. Sabick has also obtained funding for enhancing undergraduate teaching by infusing classroom lectures with more interactive and hands-on learning activities. Before moving to academia, she worked as a biomechanics researcher at the Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation in Vail, CO and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Orthopedics at the Mayo Clinic.