Dr Cyril John Wil​liam DONNELLY

​Dr Cyril John Wil​liam DONNELLY


Principal Research Fellow
Email:​ cyril.donnelly@ntu.edu.sg


Doctorate of Philosophy (Biomechanics), University of Western Australia, Faculty of Life and Physical Science (2007 - 2012)

Master of Science (Biomechanics) University of Waterloo, Faculty of Applied Health Science (2005 – 2007)

Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) McMaster University, Faculty of Social Science (2000 – 2004)



With the use of advanced musculoskeletal modelling and analysis techniques, understand the principles and mechanisms underpinning human movement so to inform best practice participant/patient-specific injury/disease management.  Specifically, I use musculoskeletal modelling & simulation and advanced statistical analysis methods to inform best practice injury/disease prediction, and subject specific movement prescription(s). 

I have graduated 32 graduate students, with established research collaborations across Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan, I have shown a strong ability as a research to publish in high quality outlets, contributing meaningful work to the fields of biomechanics and bioengineering (h-index 13, >667 citations).  With an evolving record of accomplishment, which currently includes 38 publications, 3 keynote presentations, 30 invited lectures, 76 conference presentations and 29 professional consultations.  I have secured 5,203,000 SGD in funding as an associate investigator and over 438,000 SGD as a primary investigator.

​​​​​Research Interest
​Biomechanics, musculoskeletal modelling, simulation, vector field statistics, clinical translation


Academic & Professional Experience
  • Adjunct Associate Professor – SSEH, UWA
  • Visiting Assistant Professor – MAEB, U Tennessee
  • Expert Witness – Western Australian, Victoria and New South Wales Supreme Courts
  • Research Chair: Principles and Mechanisms of Movement – SSEH, UWA


  • In-silico Rehabilitation
  • ​SPM 1D Clinical Analysis
  • ​Reliable, Patient-Specific Musculoskeletal Modeling
  • ​Precision Rehabilitation​



  • Alexander, C.F., Reid, S., Stannage, K., Donnelly, C.J. (2019). Children with cerebral palsy have larger Achilles tendon moment arms than typically developing children. J. Biomech. 82: 307-312. [JIF 2.75, FOR Rank: Q1 (25/288)].
  • Wells, D, Alderson, J., Camomilla, V., Donnelly, C.J., Elliott, B., Cereatti, A. (2019).  Elbow joint kinematics during cricket bowling using magneto-inertial sensors: A feasibility study. J Sports Sci. 37(5):515-524. [JIF 2.73, FOR Rank: Q1 (24/136)].
  • Donnelly, C.J. (2019). The applied impact of ‘naïve’ statistical modelling on clustered observations of motion data in injury biomechanics research. J. Sci. & Med. in Sport. 22(4):420-424. [JIF 3.62, FOR Rank: Q1 (13/81)].
  • Weir, G., Alderson, J., Smailes, N., Elliott, B., Donnelly, C.J. (2019). A reliable video-based ACL injury screening tool for female team sport athletes. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 40(3):191-199 [JIF 2.45, FOR Rank: Q1 (31/132)].
  • Nicholas, J.C., McDonald, K.A., Peeling, P., Jacksona, B., Dimmock, J.A, Alderson, J.A., Donnelly, C.J. (2018). Pole dancing for fitness: the physiological and metabolic demand of a 60-minute class. J Strength & Cond. Res. 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002889. [JIF 2.33, FOR Rank: Q1 (32/288)]. 


  • Donnelly, C.J., Green, B., Stearne, S., Alderson J.   Changes in foot strike posture and Achilles Tendon force characteristics during treadmill running.  In the proceedings of the ISB-ASB 2019. Calgary, Canada, July 31 – August 4, 2019.
  • Gupta, D., Donnelly, C.J., Jensen, J.L., Reinbolt, J.A. Synergistic trunk dynamics reduces risk of shoulder injury during volleyball hitting.  In the proceedings of the ISB-ASB 2019. Calgary, Canada, July 31 – August 4, 2019.
  • Pataky, T.C., Donnelly, C.J. Near-real-time analysis of one-dimensional biomechanical continuum data using random field theory lookup tables. In the proceedings of the ISB-ASB 2019. Calgary, Canada, July 31 – August 4, 2019.
  • Gupta, D., Donnelly, C.J., Reinbolt, J.A. Reasonable Simulations Depend on Relationships Between Calculated Residual Forces and moments: Implications for Residual Threshold Limits. The XVII International Symposium on Computer Simulation in Biomechanics. Alberta, Canada, July 28-30, 2019.
  • Noyes, J., Saunders, N., Weir, G., Donnelly, C.J., Alderson, J., Fox, A. The role of preparatory mechanics in modulating knee loads during jump-landing tasks. In the proceedings of Sports Medicine Australia. Perth, Australia, October 10-13, 2018.