Dr. Melissa Gross has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology since 1991, and is currently an associate professor of Movement Science and director of the Behavioral Biomechanics Laboratory. Dr. Gross also holds an appointment as an associate professor in the Stamps School of Art and Design. She completed her PhD in Kinesiology (Biomechanics) at the University of California Los Angeles.
Dr. Gross has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Biomechanics and Journal of Applied Biomechanics. She has served two terms on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Biomechanics, and she is a manuscript reviewer for Clinical Biomechanics, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Experimental Brain Research, and Gait and Posture. Melissa is also a fellow and past president of the American Society of Biomechanics. She has received more than $1.5 million in grant funding from organizations such as the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development.
In 2014 Dr. Gross received an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship, which "recognizes and rewards faculty for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education." She has been a member on several University committees focused on academic innovation and digital education, and was director of Innovative Teaching and Learning for the School of Kinesiology between 2013 and 2019. Her affiliations include the American Society of Biomechanics (fellow), American Association of Anatomists, and International Society for Posture and Gait Research. She is currently serving on the Executive Committee for the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education at the University of Michigan. Beginning in July 2019, she will serve as the faculty director of the University of Michigan Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program.
Dr. Gross teaches Movement Science courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including MOVESCI 434: Scientific Inquiry with Motion Capture and MOVESCI 230: Human Musculoskeletal Anatomy.
Areas of Interest
Behavioral biomechanics; musculoskeletal biomechanics; active learning.