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Maria Bisele

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology


Dr Maria Bisele is a Senior Lecturer in biomechanics and teaches at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is currently module leader of Introduction to Human Movement Science (SPOR10042). biomechanics and teaches at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is currently module leader of Introduction to Human Movement Science (SPOR10042). She is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Bisele's research focuses on machine learning in human movement, as well as gait, balance and posture control. Her research interests are focused on investigating the biomechanical mechanisms across a lifespan more specifically in older adults as well as biomechanical mechanisms of adaptive gait such as prosthetic gait.

Career overview

Dr Bisele was awarded her PhD from 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.


Barnett, C.T., Hughes, L.D., Sullivan, A.E., Strutzenberger, G., Levick, J.L., Bisele, M. and De Asha, A.R., 2021. Exploring the interaction of knee and ankle component use on mobility test performance in people with unilateral transfemoral amputation. Prosthetics and Orthotics International45(6), pp.470-476. [IF: 1.482]. DOI: 10.1097/PXR.0000000000000042.

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 Orthotics30(3), pp.158-164. [IF: 1.482; Citations: 8]. DOI: 10.1097/JPO.0000000000000179

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 One12(9), p.e0183990. [IF: 2.806; Citations: 11]. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0183990

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 & Posture44, pp.221-226. [IF: 2.347; Citations: 10]. DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2015.12.022