Our research focuses on elucidating the neuromechanical basis underlying impaired lower limb movement and sensorimotor recovery in persons with neurological injury. Specifically, we leverage neurostimulation (i.e., transcranial magnetic stimulation, TMS), biophysical signal processing, and engineering tools (i.e., robotics) to understand and develop methods to induce adaptive plasticity within the central nervous system to promote walking recovery. Our collaborative team draws from the fields of physical therapy, engineering and clinical neurophysiology to strengthen the our understanding of neural recovery following neurological injury. Toward this end, my lab pursues three complementary lines of inquiry: 1) characterize the interaction between the neurophysiological and biomechanical constraints governing impaired movement in persons with neuromotor disorders; 2) design and optimize patient specific rehabilitation intervention; 3) track the clinical efficacy of novel interventions.
Neural Plasticity, Locomotion
IPHY 4540 - Biomechanics
Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
Applies the principles of physics and physiology to analyze the movement of humans and other animals. Assesses the mechanical properties of muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. Quantitatively analyzes forces, torque, mechanical energy, power impulses and momentum associated with human movement. Department enforced prerequisite: completion of statistics course or equivalent. Recommended prerequisites: (MATH 1300 or MATH 1310 or APPM 1350) and IPHY 3415.
IPHY 6010 - Seminar
Presents special topics in integrative physiology. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
IPHY 6840 - Research Project
Involves a scholarly investigation of a selected topic using literature and/or experimental techniques. Advisor required. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours.