The MORE Foundation Team
Marc Jacofsky, PhD
Marc Jacofsky, PhD
Dr. Marc Jacofsky is the Chief Scientific Officer at The CORE Institute and the Research Director for the MORE Foundation. Dr. Jacofsky oversees the research studies performed through the MORE Foundation Biomechanics and Motion Analysis Lab and works with physicians to develop new medical technologies. His PhD work on the musculoskeletal anatomy of the hand was funded by a National Science Foundation grant in interdisciplinary graduate education and research training (IGERT); combining bioengineering, gross anatomy, motor control, physics, and mathematics to quantify and model complex anatomical systems. His diverse experience covering comparative anatomy, the biomechanical testing of tissues, gait and motion analysis, and clinical research is a natural fit with the mission of the orthopedic research labs.
In addition to his research experience, Dr. Jacofsky has extensive knowledge of intellectual property development including the patenting, prototyping, and testing of new medical devices and technologies. Marc has a bachelor’s degree in geological sciences and physical anthropology from SUNY Binghamton, and a master’s and PhD in physical anthropology from Arizona State University.
Susan Mauro, RN
Susan D. Mauro is the Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator at the MORE Foundation. Ms. Mauro’s primary responsibility is to coordinate and manage clinical trials. Ms. Mauro does so by communicating with the sponsor and regulatory authorities, coordinating visits, and by providing investigational product dispensing and accountability. Ms. Mauro is also a Certified Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator at Arizona Neurological Institute where she coordinates and manages several clinical trials
Prior to MORE Foundation Ms. Mauro was a Certified Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator at the Ovarian Cancer Research Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her primary roles included coordinating and implementing Phase I-IV clinical research trials and processing regulatory documentation through the Institutional Review Board. Ms. Mauro assisted in clinical services, administration of medications, conducting assessments and assessing patient status during her time at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Mauro has an abundance of experience in the field of clinical research and has continued this at the MORE foundation. Ms. Mauro received her nursing degree at Christ Hospital School of Nursing in Jersey City, N.J.
Dr.Sathia Narayanan is the Research Engineer of the biomechanics research lab at the MORE Foundation where he is assisting the lab’s robotics efforts for testing and performance evaluation of anatomical joints and orthopedic joint replacement devices. He has extensive research experience in the field of biomedical robotics and haptics, and has published research in top robotics and biomedical journals and conferences, with many international awards to his name. His primary interest focuses on understanding the underlying processes of human sensorimotor and cognitive abilities, and utilizing this knowledge to design novel systems for rehabilitation, surgical and biomechanical applications. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) from College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University (INDIA) in 2006. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in Mechanical Engineering from University at Buffalo (SUNY) in 2008 and 2014 respectively where he specialized in medical robotics and human performance evaluation methods. He went on to pursue his post-doctoral research in the field of rehabilitation robotics in Human Agility Lab at Northwestern University prior to joining the MORE Foundation in 2014.
His favorite past-time activities include travel, hiking and biking.
Aniruddh "Ani" Nayak
Ani oversees all orthopedic biomechanical and robotic research studies in the lab. He is responsible for developing and executing clinically relevant biomechanical test protocols and management of all laboratory functions. Ani works closely with surgeons and industry to develop relevant research projects to aid advancement in orthopaedic care. He has authored or co-authored over 40 abstracts presented at national and international orthopedic meetings and has published papers in elite peer-reviewed journals. Ani’s 7+ years of research experience and diverse skill sets provide the necessary background to produce high-quality research that has immediate relevancy for the practicing clinician. Ani previously worked at the Foundation for Orthopedic Research and Education, Tampa, FL for almost 5 years prior to joining MORE Foundation in August 2014. Ani graduated with a Master of Science (MS) in Bioengineering from the University of Toledo, OH and a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) from the University of Mumbai, India. Ani loves swimming, biking and hiking. Two of his passions are astronomy and gastronomy, the latter being number one on his list!