Catalina Mantilla, Ph.D.


2288 Second Street Pike, PO Box 78 Penns Park, PA 18943
Dr. Mantilla received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. She completed her Master of Science in Biology from Florida International University, and her doctoral degree (Ph.D.) from Temple University, both with a focus on locomotion and Biomechanics. Dr. Mantilla has over 10 years of experience in collaborative and integrative environments, developing investigative projects, formulating and testing hypothesis, and generating quantitative and qualitative data. She is knowledgeable in analyzing data using advanced kinematics, statistical, and computer-based simulation tools. Through thorough research and coursework, she gained a solid background in physics, math, statistics, anatomy, morphology, and biomechanics. She has extensive experience delivering engaging presentations at national and international conferences with excellent communication and writing skills.
Dr. Mantilla’s masters and doctoral investigations focused on evaluating the body’s response to changes in substrate properties and inclination during locomotion. For her doctoral dissertation, she specifically assessed locomotion over compliant particle-composed ground commonly found in outdoor environments (i.e. gravel, sand), which can cause challenging incidents, such as slips and trips. By accurately measuring foot/leg kinematics using high-speed 2D/3D motion tracking, and analyzing particle dynamics in response to these kinematics, her investigation revealed novel strategies to compensate for substrate changes and maintain affective performance during locomotion.
  • Ph.D. Biology/Biomechanics, Temple University, PA, 2021
    • Dissertation: “Kinematics and Dynamics of running up granular slopes”
  • Master of Science, Biology/Biomechanics, Florida International University, FL, 2016
    • Thesis: “Kinematics of incline running when using claws and toepads in Caribbean anole lizards”
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, 2005
    • Thesis: “Myological Description of the foot-leg mechanical unit of a Caribbean anole lizard”
  • Biomechanics
  • Human Kinematic Analysis and Testing
  • Building Codes and Standards
  • Gait Analysis
  • Joint Kinematics
  • Human Factors
  • Slip/Trip and Fall Analysis
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