University of Florida
I obtained my Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois studying motor output variability and motor learning in older adults. Following my Ph.D., I received postdoctoral training in Neurophysiology and specifically in motor unit physiology. During that time, I performed various experiments and became an expert at recording electrophysiology data from single and multiple motor units in humans and how they relate to tremor and dysmetria. In the last 10 years, I have focused my work on understanding the motor deficits in individuals with movement disorders. The productivity and impact of my work in the last decade is demonstrated by over 70 publications in some of the leading journals in the field of aging and neural control of movement, including the Journal of Neurophysiology, Journal of Applied Physiology, AGE, Journal of Gerontology, and Journal of Neuroscience.
Currently, I am a Professor and the Director of the Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory at the University of Florida (http://www.neuromuscularphysiologylab.com). In my laboratory we aim to understand the neurophysiological mechanisms that underlie movement deficits and develop effective rehabilitation protocols to counter these deficits. We are applying our research findings to functional motor tasks such as driving and over ground walking. Currently, we study healthy older adults and neurologically impaired individuals with spinocerebellar ataxia, essential tremor, pompe, and stroke. We primarily focus on the following areas: 1) Movement endpoint control; 2) Movement disorders motor control; 3) Motor unit physiology; 4) Training and neural adaptations; 5) Aging and sensorimotor control and learning