Jesse Charlton

Biomechanics and motor learning of gait modification for individuals with knee osteoarthritis

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

Since I was young, science and exercise have both been strong passions of mine. Conducting my research within the Rehabilitation Sciences program allows me to blend these two worlds. As a MPT/PhD student I aim to conduct research with significant impact on improving the lives of those living with musculoskeletal injury and disease.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC is a leader in physical therapy research and the lab I train in is one of only a few in Canada that can conduct full-body gait biomechanics research. Also, Vancouver is my home.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

Rehabilitation Sciences places a strong emphasis on clinically relevant research that impacts the end user. This is something that is very important to me.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

UBC offers incredible support to its students making our job that little bit easier.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

You can find me in the mountains.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Find what you are passionate about and pursue it with force. Don’t be shy about your work and seek out every opportunity to get involved.