Dr. Lara Thompson

Dr. Thompson

Dr. Lara Thompson, Ph.D., Founding Director of Biomedical Engineering Program and Center for Biomechanical & Rehabilitation Engineering, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

UDC Biomedical Engineering Program Director receives nation’s top honor for early-career scientists and engineers.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Postural control and mobility
  • Non-invasive and invasive prostheses
  • Sensory substitutes
  • Rehabilitative devices


  • Ph. D., Biomedical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, MA Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST)
    • Thesis: A Study of the Effects of Sensory State on Rhesus Monkey Postural Control
  • M.S., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Chancellor’s List, Stanford University Palo Alto, CA
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, University of Massachusetts Lowell, MA



Lara A. Thompson, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of the Center for Biomechanical & Rehabilitation Engineering
Phone: 202.274.5046
Email: lara.thompson@udc.edu
Website: https://larathompsonudc.wixsite.com/mysite