Postdoctoral Researchers

Jessica Avilés, NSF eFellows Postdoctoral Fellow in IE

B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics – Virginia Tech (2011)
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering – Texas A&M University (2015)
Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering – Virginia Tech (2021)

Jessica started working as a postdoctoral researcher in the BEST lab in August 2021.

Jessica has specialized in analyzing human performance outside of traditional laboratory settings. In the past, she’s investigated balance training among older adults in retirement communities, assessed lower limb amputee gait on various complex terrains, and analyzed the performance of low-cost prosthetic knee joints for developing countries. Her current research focuses on investigating the use of powered and passive exoskeleton devices for rehabilitation purposes to improve an individual’s mobility and quality of life.

Outside of the lab, Jessica loves being outside walking her dogs, hiking, biking, rock climbing, and kayaking.

Jangho Park, Postdoctoral Researcher in IE

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering – Kyung Hee University, South Korea (2009)
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering – Kyung Hee University, South Korea (2011)
Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering – Virginia Tech (2021)

Jangho started working as a postdoctoral researcher in the BEST lab in December 2021.

Jangho has specialized in analyzing human postural control and balance when using augmenting technology such as exoskeletons. His current research focuses on developing a modeling approach to predict the biomechanical consequences of utilizing exoskeletons. Additionally, he has broad interest in improving exoskeleton design and guiding in the industrial application of exoskeletons for diverse use-cases.

Outside of the lab, Jangho enjoys cooking, reading books, and playing go.

Dechristian Franca Barbieri, Postdoctoral Researcher in IE

B.S. in Physical Therapy – Uri Campus de Erechim RS, Brazil (2006 to 2011)
M.S. in Physical Therapy – Federal University of Sao Carlos SP, Brazil (2011 to 2013)
Ph.D. in Physical Therapy – Federal University of Sao Carlos SP, Brazil (2013 to 2017)
Postdoctoral in Physical Therapy – Federal University of Sao Carlos SP, Brazil (2019 to 2021)
Internship periods at Gavle University, Sweden (from Sept to Nov 2012), and at Virginia Tech, US (Jan to Nov 2016).


Dechristian started working as a postdoctoral researcher in the BEST lab in January 2022.
Dechristian has specialized in analyzing posture, muscular activity, body composition and physical activity of office workers. He also has experience in interventions in the real work environment to prevent musculoskeletal symptoms in this population. His current research focuses on the evaluation and implementation of the exoskeleton in the context of healthcare workers, to bring clarity if this wearable technology can help to reduce musculoskeletal problems.