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

Associate 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.
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program
Director of the Center for Biomechanical & Rehabilitation Engineering
Phone: 202.274.5046
Email: lara.thompson@udc.edu
Website: https://larathompsonudc.wixsite.com/mysite