Faculty Mentors in the Interdisciplinary Training in Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration T32 Program

Mentors from Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

applied physiology and kinesiology

Evangelos Christou, PhD

Neuromuscular mechanisms of motor output variability and movement accuracy

Evangelos Christou

applied physiology and kinesiology

Rachael Seidler, PhD

Motor control, aging, neuroplasticity and rehabilitation associated with spaceflight

Rachel Seidler

applied physiology and kinesiology

David Vaillancourt, PhD

Functional and structural brain deficits in movement disorders using DTI and fMRI

David Vaillancourt

applied physiology and kinesiology

Chris Hass, PhD

Efficacy of intervention programs for improving quality of life, neuromechanical control, & disease progression in Parkinson’s disease, dynamic stability during locomotor transitions in the elderly & PD

Christopher Hass

Mentors from Biomedical Engineering


Mingzhou Ding, PhD

Advanced signal processing, methods for analysis of oscillatory neural networks, and multivariate neurobiological data

Mingzhou Ding


Daniel Ferris, PhD

Biomechanics and neural control of human locomotion

Daniel Ferris


Aysegul Gunduz, PhD

Clinical diagnostics and therapy for neurological disorders using neural networks; electro-physiology, bioimaging

Aysegul Gunduz, Ph.D.


Kevin Otto, PhD

Neural engineering, device-tissue interfaces & neurostimulation

Kevin J. Otto, PhD

Mentors from Clinical & Health Psychology

Clinical and health psychology

Russell Bauer, PhD

Hippocampal contributions to spatial memory

Russell Bauer, Ph.D., ABPP

clinical and health psychology

Dawn Bowers, PhD

Apathy, depression and cognitive subtypes in Parkinson’s Disease

Dawn Bowers


Ronald Cohen

Health comorbidities, risky behavior, and neuroimaging

Ronald Cohen


Catherine Price, PhD

Cognitive subtypes in Parkinson’s disease; DTI & biomarkers; Post-operative cognitive change

Catherine Price

Mentors from Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Laura Ranum, PhD

Human genetics and molecular mechanisms of ataxia, mouse models of expansion protein repeats; ALS and ataxia

Laura Ranum, PhD

Mentors from Neurology


Yuqing Li, PhD

Basal ganglia function, neural plasticity, dystonia, Parkinson’s disease, & Restless Leg Syndrome

Yuqing Li


Michael Okun, MD

Treatment of movement disorders , brain stimulation effects on behavior, mood and cognition

Michael Okun, MD

Mentors from Neuroscience


Paramita Chakrabarty, PhD

Role of immune activation in dementias of the elderly (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and taupoathies)

Paramita Chakrabarty


Benoit Giasson, PhD

Neuroscience, genetics, alpha-synuclein and antibodies

Benoit Giasson, Ph.D.


Todd Golde, PhD

Biomarkers in neurodegenerative diseases

Todd Golde


Habibeh Khoshbouei, PharmD PhD

Pathogenesis of addiction, neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders

Habibeh Khoshbouei


Jada Lewis, PhD

Generating constitutive and inducible model systems for the study of proteins and cellular pathways

Jada Lewis


Malu Tansey, PhD

Role & regulation of neuroinflammatory & immune system responses in modulating the gene-environment interactions that determine risk for development & progression of neurodegenerative & neuropsychiatric disease

Dr. Malu Tansey


David Borchelt, PhD

Identification of novel therapeutic approaches to neurodegenerative disease

David Borchelt


Matthew Farrer, PhD

Applying genetic analysis to complex neurologic disorders

Matthew Farrer

Mentors from Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

David Fuller, PhD

Neuroplasticity and respiratory control

David Fuller

Physical Therapy

Gordon Mitchell, PhD

Neuroplasticity in respiratory motor control

Gordon Mitchell

Physical Therapy

Krista Vandenborne, PhD

MRS/MRI studies of muscle function in human and animal models; Use of gene transfer and exercise as therapeutic

Krista Vandenborne

Mentors from Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

Karen Hegland, PhD

Mechanisms of normal and disordered airway protection

Karen Hegland

Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

Emily Plowman, PhD

Speech, breathing & swallowing in individuals with neurologic disease

Emily Plowman