Karen L Troy, PhD


Courses Taught:

  • BME 1001 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 3503 Skeletal Biomechanics Laboratory
  • BME/ME 4504 Biomechanics
  • BME 553 Biomechanics of Orthopaedic Devices
  • BME 593 Scientific Communication

Karen L. Troy directs the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory, where she investigates questions related to musculoskeletal health and structure, physical activity, and biomechanics, in healthy and clinical populations. She has expertise in computational biomechanics and finite element modeling, aging and fall avoidance, and medical imaging. She has worked on clinical trials targeting bone health in both healthy women and people with spinal cord injury. She collaborates with physicians in the areas of orthopaedic trauma, radiology, rheumatology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Graduate Students:

Andrew R. Wilzman, MSE

PhD Candidate


ResearchGate Profile:











Andrew is PhD candidate in the MBL who started in 2020 with a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He is inspired by innovation and fascinated by numerical representations of life. Andrew uses his knowledge in computational modeling, instrumentation, materials, and mechanics within the scope of the human body to answer questions that explore the optimization of healthcare outcomes.


Julia M. Nicolescu

PhD Student


Julia is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at WPI and member of the MBL. She graduated from Union College in 2022 with her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and a minor in Spanish. During undergraduate studies, Julia’s research focused on the biomechanics of heart and brain development of embryos. Her current work focuses on the use of various computational models to understand physiological loading impacts on bone during running. Outside of research Julia enjoys working out, reading, cooking, and spending time outside with her dog, Winnie.


Charlotte Kokernak

MS Student


Charlotte is an MS student in Biomedical Engineering and member of the MBL. She graduated from WPI in 2023 with her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering. Charlotte’s current research focuses on designing a fixture and protocol to cut human tibias into small samples to be used for mechanical testing to explore bone microarchitecture. Charlotte is a member of the Track and Field team at WPI and enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and quality time with friends and family.



  • Paolo Bonato, PhD
  • W. Brent Edwards, PhD
  • Irene Davis, PT, PhD
  • Adam Tenforde, MD
  • Rebecca Fellin, PhD
  • Ellen Gravallese, MD
  • Anjana Jain, PhD
  • Leslie R. Morse, DO
  • Ara Nazarian, PhD
  • Thomas J. Schnitzer, MD, PhD
  • Jessica Ventura, PhD
  • Jack Wixted, MD
  • Jodi Dowthwaite, PhD


Lab Alumni