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Satyajit Ambike

Associate Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology

Courtesy Appointments

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Biomechanics
  • Human motor control
  • Dynamical systems
  • Human locomotion
  • Prehension
  • Aging and movement

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity

Department of Health and Kinesiology Research Area(s)

  • Biomechanics, Motor Control and Motor Development


Dr. Ambike studies human locomotion and prehension across the adult age span. He is interested in how aging influences stability of movements, and how stability and maneuverability – two antagonistic movement attributes – are traded off in activities of daily living. Dr. Ambike studies these issues through the lens of synergistic control, which is a fundamental feature of biological movements wherein errors that arise naturally in some parts of the body are compensated by adjustments in other parts of the body engaged in the same action. Dr. Ambike characterizes synergistic control of prehensile movements and of locomotion while navigating environmental hazards. Measures devised by Dr. Ambike with this approach are proving to be sensitive and accurate biomarkers of locomotor issues in older individuals and in individuals with neuromuscular pathologies such as Parkinson’s Disease.


  • PhD, 2012, The Ohio State University


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Current Courses

  • HK490 - Biomechanics in sport and rehabilitation
  • HK263 - Biomechanical Foundations of Motor Skills

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teacher/Department of Health and Kinesiology, Purdue University - 2018
  • Presidential Fellowship/The Ohio State University - 2009

Professional Affiliations

  • Advisory Board Member, International Society of Motor Control (ISMC). The purpose of ISMC ( is to stimulate and foster education and open debate among scientists from all nations on basic and applied research in the area of control of movements of biological systems.
  • Advisory Committee Member, Center for Research on Brain, Behavior, and NeuroRehabilitation (CEREBBRAL), Purdue University
  • Faculty Associate, Center on Aging and the Life Course (CALC), Purdue University

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