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Investigator Profile

John Looft, PhD

Positions
Director, Motion Analysis Laboratory, Prosthetics and Orthotics Services, Minneapolis VA
Investigator, Minneapolis Adaptive Design & Engineering (MADE) Program, Minneapolis VA
Additional Position, University of Minnesota
Education
BSE, MSE, PhD University of Iowa
Contact Information
john.looft@va.gov
Research Interests
My research combines biomechanical solutions with rehabilitation principles to solve fundamental problems in public health. I have a diverse background in the fields of ergonomics, biomedical, computer, and mechanical engineering, physical therapy, and public health. I have completed many ergonomic assessments of large-scale industrial factories including: automotive, appliance, and chemical plants and have trained incoming graduate students on how to properly conduct ergonomic assessments in the field. Additionally, I have led multiple research projects with physicians as well as government and private industrial research institutions as a Co-Investigator on several University and NIH-funded grants.
Publications
Full bibliography on ResearchGate
VA Research Topics
Biomechanics; Rehabilitative Medicine
MeSH Key Words
Muscle Fatigue; Parkinson Disease; Hydrocephalus, Normal Pressure; Sports for Persons with Disabilities; Ergonomics; Postural Balance
Professional Networking
ResearchGate
Links
MADE Program website