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Maria Bisele

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology


Dr Maria Bisele is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics and teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is currently module leader of Principles of Biomechanics (SPOR10042) and she is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Bisele's research focuses on machine learning in human movement, as well as the gait, balance and posture control.

Career overview

Dr Bisele was awarded her PhD from the Nottingham Trent University (NTU) after completing her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Medical Engineering at Bradford University. During her PhD, Dr Bisele was an hourly paid lecturer in Engineering and Sports Science Departments at NTU. She has also worked as a clinical technologist at CMAS accredited gait and movement laboratory at University Hospitals of Derby.

Research areas

Dr Bisele is a member of the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement (SHAPE) Research Group. Her research interests include:

  • Principal Component Analysis and machine learning algorithms in human movement,
  • Gait, balance and posture control in individuals with lower-limb amputation and older adults.


Bisele, M., Bencsik, M., Lewis, M.G. and Barnett, C.T., 2017. Optimisation of a machine learning algorithm in human locomotion using principal component and discriminant function analyses. PloS One, 12 (9).

Barnett, C.T., Bisele, M., Jackman, J.S., Rayne, T., Moore, N.C., Spalding, J.L., Richardson, P. and Plummer, B., 2016. Manipulating walking path configuration influences gait variability and six-minute walk test outcomes in older and younger adults. Gait & Posture , 44, pp.221-226.

Barnett, C.T., Brown, O.H., Bisele, M., Brown, M.J., De Asha, A.R. and Strutzenberger, G., 2018. Individuals with unilateral transtibial amputation and lower activity levels walk more quickly when using a Hydraulically Articulating versus rigidly attached prosthetic Ankle-Foot device. JPO: Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics , 30 (3), pp.158-164.