Ryan McCulloch, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Human Physiology

I have always enjoyed learning about how the world works and, in particular, how systems and mechanical things function. This passion led me to pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree as an undergraduate. At the same time, I also found myself fascinated...

Dr. Ryan McCulloch

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill/North Carolina State University

M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill/North Carolina State University

M.E.M., Engineering Management, Old Dominion University

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, North Carolina State University

Courses Taught

HPHY 105: Introduction to Human Physiology

HPHY 205: Experimental Research Design and Data Analysis

HPHY 210: Scientific Writing

HPHY 374: Human Kinetics

HPHY 375: Biomechanics

HPHY 485: Biomedical Engineering

HPHY 489: Advanced Topics: Orthopedics and Prosthetics

HPHY 498: Directed Research

HPHY 499: Culminating Experience

HPHY 241/242L: Anatomy and Physiology Lab

HPHY 375L: Biomechanics Lab


I have always enjoyed learning about how the world works and, in particular, how systems and mechanical things function. This passion led me to pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree as an undergraduate. At the same time, I also found myself fascinated by how the human body functions and how similar it was to many of the mechanical systems I had been studying for my ME degree. After a few years of work in industry, I decided to explore this interest further by pursuing graduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering. The pursuit of these degrees was the perfect intersection for my interests in both mechanical systems and the human body. I had the opportunities to work with orthopedic implants, tissue engineering, rapid prototyping, gene expression in osteoarthritis, and more. I was continuously amazed by the complexity of the human body. After obtaining both my MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering, I engaged in a period of focused research into traumatic brain injury where I studied the modalities of injury.

However, although I appreciated the potential impact of my pure research work, I realized how much I missed the teaching that I had grown to love during my graduate education. That led me to my current role at Gonzaga. Here I get to share both my knowledge and passion for the structure and function of the human body with students every day. I am constantly invigorated by the curiosity and level of engagement of our students and look forward to class everyday.

Manuscripts:

McCulloch, RS. “Influence of lateral pedal translation on muscle recruitment and kinematics in cyclists.” Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness, 16(2), 62-67, 2018

Dinunzio, C, Porter, N, Van Scoy, J, Cordice, D,  McCulloch, RS. “Alterations in kinematics and muscle activation patterns with the addition of a kipping action during a pull-up activity.” Sports biomechanics, 1-14, 2018.

McCulloch, RS. "Learning Outcomes in a Laboratory Environment vs. Classroom for Statistics Instruction: An Alternative Approach Using Statistical Software." International Journal of Higher Education 6(5):131, 2017.

McCulloch RS,  Ashwell MS, Maltecca, C, O'Nan AT, Mente PL.  “Progression of Gene Expression Changes following a Mechanical Injury to Articular Cartilage as a Model of Early Stage Osteoarthritis.”  Arthritis.  November, 2014. 

McCulloch RS,  Ashwell MS, O'Nan AT, Mente PL.  “Identification of stable normalization genes for quantitative real-time PCR in porcine articular cartilage.”  Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology.  3:36.  November, 2012. 

McCulloch RS, Roe SC, Marcellin-Little DJ, Mente PL. “Resistance to subsidence of an uncemented femoral stem after cerclage wiring of a fissure.” Veterinary SurgeryI, 41(1):163-167.  July, 2011.

Jin, S, McCulloch, R, Mirka, GA “Biomechanical evaluation of postures assumed when harvesting from bush crops.” International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 39(2): 347-352, 2009.

 

Published Abstracts:

Barnett A, Ross S, Guevara A, Morse A, McCulloch R.  “The Effect of local muscle cooling on muscle activation and fatigue.” 2018 American College of Sports Medicine-Northwest Chapter (ACSM-NW) Annual Conference.

Kepple J, Disser N, Lamarche S, Turner J, McCulloch R.  “Acute and chronic effects of antagonistic stretching on muscle activiey and force production.” 2018 American College of Sports Medicine-Northwest Chapter (ACSM-NW) Annual Conference. 

Young M, Kaczynski D, Stanley R, Haight C, McCulloch R.  Acute and longitudinal effects of a weekly dance therapy program in individuals with Parkinson’s disease.”  2018 American College of Sports Medicine-Northwest Chapter (ACSM-NW) Annual Conference.

Minnie B, Quiroga N, Kim H, Hefty T, McCulloch R.  “The Effects of Barrier and Maximal Jump Height on Basketball Shot Mechanics in Males.” 2017 American College of Sports Medicine-Northwest Chapter (ACSM-NW) Annual Conference.

Dinunzio, C, Cordice D, Van Scoy J, Porter N, McCulloch R.  “Kinematic and Muscle Activation Differences Between a Standard Pull-up and a Dynamic Crossfit ‘Kipping’ Pull-up.” 2017 American College of Sports Medicine-Northwest Chapter (ACSM-NW) Annual Conference.

Woolley B, Waszak K, Wika K, McCulloch R.  “Does a Split-step Effect a Baseball Player’s Force Production, Muscle Activation, and Overall Reaction Time?” 2017 American College of Sports Medicine-Northwest Chapter (ACSM-NW) Annual Conference.

McCulloch R, Mente P.  “Permeability of Articular Cartilage.” BMES 2016 Annual Meeting.

McCulloch R, Mente P, Roe S.  “Impact Forces During Total Hip Arthroplasty.”  BMES 2015 Annual Meeting.

Zimny K, Carino B, Tice B, Wallace, B and McCulloch R.  “Relative Muscle Contributions During a Simulated Single Arm Rock Climbing Hold Exercise.” 2016 American College of Sports Medicine-Northwest Chapter (ACSM-NW) Annual Conference.

Chamberlain M, Anderson S, Clay S, Musgrove S, Sanburg J, and McCulloch R. The Effects of Suspension Exercise on Knee Stabilization in Females.” 2016 American College of Sports Medicine-Northwest Chapter (ACSM-NW) Annual Conference.

Partusch A, Coad B, Cummins A, Nelson K, and McCulloch R.  “Effect of Isolated Hamstring Strengthening on Unanticipated Drop-landing Knee Kinematics in Females.”  2016 American College of Sports Medicine-Northwest Chapter (ACSM-NW) Annual Conference.

Ward K, Balmelli B, Fein S, Gale K, Lebon H, O'Loughlin C, Zuehlsdorff A, and McCulloch R.  “Effects of Dynamic Stretching on Golf Performance and Fatigue.” 2015 American College of Sports Medicine-Northwest Chapter (ACSM-NW) Annual Conference.

White D, Hashimoto K, Jarvie R, Phillips A, Quigley K, Berkoe H, Newman S, and McCulloch R.  “Effects of Bracing and Taping on EMG and 2-D Kinematics for a Uniplanar Throw.” 2015 American College of Sports Medicine-Northwest Chapter (ACSM-NW) Annual Conference.

Timberlake C, Winchell B, Molenaar C, Caudill K, Orr M, Pollastro A, and McCulloch R. “Taping Effects on Ankle Stability During a Simulated Sporting Event.” 2015 American College of Sports Medicine-Northwest Chapter (ACSM-NW) Annual Conference.

Risso S, Bishop K, Fogarty M, Johanson A, LaGoy A, O’Hollaren M, Zander A, and McCulloch R.  “Immediate and prolonged effects of therapeutic elastic tape on vasti muscle activation.”  2014 American College of Sports Medicine-Northwest Chapter (ACSM-NW) Annual Conference.

Leonetti M, Bishop C, Edinger K, Oldham D, Moore S, Wamboldt P, Wheeler J, and McCulloch R.  “Differences between shod and unshod drop jumps in college aged females.” 2014 American College of Sports Medicine-Northwest Chapter (ACSM-NW) Annual Conference.

Doesburg K, Leahy T, Thompson S, Clark M, Eckmann E, Portillo J, Stahl C, and McCulloch R.  “Effects of increased carrying load on step-down kinematics and stability.”  2014 American College of Sports Medicine-Northwest Chapter (ACSM-NW) Annual Conference.

May J, Grenier K, Hopkins M, Johnston K, Lane K, Lynde C, Slattengren K, and McCulloch R.  “The effects of suspension training on core and quadriceps muscle activation during a push-up.” 2014 American College of Sports Medicine-Northwest Chapter (ACSM-NW) Annual Conference.

McCulloch R, O’Shaughnessy T.  “In Vitro Model of Blunt Impact Injury.” BMES 2013 Annual Meeting

McCulloch R, Bagchi A, Simmonds K, O’Shaughnessy T.  “Blast Wave Effects on Neural Cell Cultures.” BMES 2012 Annual Meeting

McCulloch R, Ashwell M, O'Nan A, Maltecca C, Mente P. “Joint Trauma Effects on Tissue Adjacent to the Loading Site in Articular Cartilage.” BMES 2012 Annual Meeting

McCulloch RS, Ashwell, MS, Mente, PL. “Differential Chondrocyte Gene Expression Following In Vitro Shear And Axial Impactions To Porcine Articular Cartilage,” BMES 2009 Annual Fall Meeting

McCulloch RS, Roe SC, Mente PL. “Cerclage Wire Stabilization of Femoral Fractures During Cementless Total Hip Arthroplasty in Canines,” BMES 2008 Annual Fall Meeting

Research Areas

  • Orthopedics and prosthetics
  • Biomedical materials testing
  • Motion analysis
  • Electromyography
  • Biomechanics of movement

Patent Applications

  • Cell Pack for the Growth and Manipulation of Three Dimensional Cell Cultures, US Patent Application Number: 14197724
  • Modular System for Evaluating Helmet and Suspension Materials for Protection of Neural Cells from Simulated Traumas, US Patent Application Number: 14486622
  • Full Head Surrogate with Live Neurons for Helmet Testing and Evaluation, US Patent Application Number: 14576689