Portrait of Jan Andrysek

Jan Andrysek

Associate Professor & Associate Director, Professional Programs

BScEng (Guelph), MASc (Toronto), PhD (Utrecht, Netherlands), PEng

Research Stream: Clinical Engineering

Laboratory Website:

Email: jan.andrysek@utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-1311 | Office: MB329

Additional Contact Information

Bloorview Research Institute

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
150 Kilgour Road, Room 4W-370
Toronto, Ontario M4G 1R8 Canada

416-425-6220, extension 3524 (office)
416-425-1634 (fax)

Academic Programs Office

416-978-6102 (office)
meng.ibbme@utoronto.ca (MEng, email)
mhsc.ibbme@utoronto.ca (MHSc, email)

Main Appointments

  • Senior Scientist, Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Design, development and clinical evaluation of interventions that aim to improve mobility and postural balance in children and adults with lower-limb impairments. This includes the development of new prosthetic and orthotic technologies, as well as evaluation of potential interventions such as video game systems for improving postural balance.

Key words: rehabilitation engineering, prosthetics, orthotics, assistive devices, engineering design, biomechanics, human gait, gait and balance assessment, video-game based rehab, evidence-based practice, technologies for developing countries.

Stories & Media

Walking Manual 

Dr. Jan Andrysek has been working alongside rehabilitation engineers and clinicians to develop solutions to help kids walk. His research has led to the creation of the All-Terrain Knee, a prosthetic device designed to provide users with the confidence to conduct their daily activities, while also preventing other injuries often associated with prosthetic usage. His research, while still ongoing, has already developed a niche within the prosthetic rehabilitation community.

Watercolor illustration made by Jennifer Ma, also the cover for research gallery of 2018

Research Gallery 2018

  • The boy has a bilateral above-knee amputation. He has been wearing the All-Terrain knee for the past 3 years, a product that was developed as part of research conducted at IBBME and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.