NMPT Faculty Mentors

13th Annual Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium - mentors with Kavya Kamalamma, a poster winner

T32 Mentors and Dean Michael Perri presenting Kavya Kamalamma, a Rehabilitation Science Ph.D. student, a travel award for the 13th Annual Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium.

Mentors

Elizabeth Barton, Ph.D. Professor Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
Director, Physiological Assessment Core, Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center
College of Health and Human Performance 

Expertise: Muscular dystrophy, skeletal muscle biology

Mark Bishop, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Public Health and Health Professions 

Expertise: Musculoskeletal pain, rehabilitation, neuroplasticity

Jennifer Bizon, Ph.D. Professor
Department of Neuroscience
College of Medicine 

Expertise: Neuroplasticity, aging, neurodegenerative disease

Barry Byrne, M.D., Ph.D. Professor & Associate Chair
Department of Pediatrics and Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Director, Powell Gene Therapy Center
College of Medicine

Expertise: Gene therapy for neuromuscular disorders

David Clark, Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor; Coordinator – Locomotor Research Initiative
Department of Aging and Geriatric Research

Expertise: Neurologic rehabilitation, biomechanics, stroke

Karyn Esser, Ph.D. Professor
Myology Institute Associate Director for Muscle Biology
Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics

Expertise: Mechanisms of muscle plasticity

Leonardo Ferreira, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
College of Health and Human Performance

Expertise: Muscle biology, heart failure, aging

Daniel Ferris, Ph.D. Robert W. Adenbaum Professor & Senior Associate Chair
Department of Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering

Expertise: Human locomotion, gait rehabilitation, and rehabilitation robotics

Sean Forbes, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Expertise: Muscular dystrophy, imaging, skeletal muscle

Emily Fox, P.T., D.P.T., Ph.D., NCS Research Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Expertise: Rehabilitation in spinal cord injury patients

David Fuller, Ph.D. Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Expertise: Spinal cord injury, neuromuscular diseases neuroplasticity, gene therapy

Todd Golde, M.D., Ph.D. Professor
Department of Neuroscience
Director
Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease
College of Medicine

Expertise: Neurodegenerative diseases, gene therapy

Elisa Gonzalez-Rothi, D.P.T., Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Expertise: Neuroplasticity and neurorehabilitation, spinal cord injury

Karen Hegland, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Assistant Professor
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Expertise: Dysphagia and cough rehabilitation in neuromuscular disease

 Ianessa Humbert, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Assistant Professor
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Expertise: Dysphagia rehabilitation in stroke patients

Andrew Judge, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Expertise: Mechanisms of muscle plasticity, cancer cachexia

Donovan Lott, P.T., Ph.D., CSCS Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Expertise: Safety/efficacy of rehabilitation in patients with neuromuscular disease

A. Daniel Martin, P.T., FACSM, Ph.D. Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Expertise: Rehabilitation in the ICU setting, muscle plasticity

Gordon S. Mitchell, Ph.D. Preeminence Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Director, Center for Respiratory Research and Rehabilitation
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Expertise: Spinal cord neuroplasticity, spinal cord injury, inflammation

Michael Okun, M.D. Adelaid Lackner Associate Professor
Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Neuroscience
College of Medicine

Expertise: Parkinsons disease, deep brain stimulation, motor function disorders

Kevin Otto, Ph.D. Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering

Expertise: Implantable neural microdevices and neuroprostheses

Karim Oweiss, Ph.D. Preeminence Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Expertise: Neural interface design to restore or repair motor function

Emily K. Plowman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Associate Professor
Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Clinical Translational Director
Center for Respiratory Rehabilitation and Research
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Expertise: Cough and dysphagia rehabilitation in neurodegenerative disease

Scott K. Powers, Ph.D. UAA Endowed Professor and Distinguished Professor
Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology
College of Health and Human Performance
Adjunct Professor
Department of Physiology
College of Medicine

Expertise: Mechanisms of skeletal muscle atrophy

Dorian Rose, P.T., Ph.D. Associate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Expertise: Neurologic rehabilitation, stroke, motor control

Christine Schmidt, Ph.D. J. Cratyon Pruitt Family Endowed Professor and Chair
Department of Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering

Expertise: Neuroengineering approaches to nerve/spinal regeneration

Rachael Seidler, Ph.D. Professor
Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
College of Human Health and Performance

Expertise: Motor control, neuroplasticity, aging, cognitive contributions to motor skill learning

Barbara Smith, D.P.T., Ph.D. Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Expertise: Rehabilitation in the ICU setting

David Vaillancourt, Ph.D. Professor
Departments of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, Neurology, Biomedical Engineering
Colleges of Health and Human Performance, Medicine, and Engineering
Director, Center for Exercise Science
College of Health and Human Performance

Expertise: Rehabilitation for neurologic movement disorders

Krista Vandenborne, P.T., Ph.D. Professor and Chair
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Expertise: Muscular dystrophy, MRI, clinical trials

Glenn Walter, Ph.D. Professor
Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics
College of Medicine

Expertise: Imaging technology, MRI in muscular dystrophy