NMPT Internal Steering Committee Members

Committee Member Title/Role Research Focus


David D. Fuller, PhD – Professor, Physical Therapy; Director, Rehabilitation Science Ph.D. Program Neuroplasticity, neuromuscular disease

Translational Science Advisor

Krista Vandenborne, PT, PhD – Professor, Physical Therapy Program management, imaging, clinical neuromuscular research

Curriculum Coordinator

Andrew Judge, PhD – Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Muscle biology, cancer cachexia

Committee Member

Janis Daly, PhD – Professor and Director, VA Brain Rehabilitation Research Center Clinical movement disorders, stroke

Committee Member

Barry Byrne, MD, PhD – Professor, Pediatrics and Molecular Genetics & Microbiology; Director, Powell Gene Therapy Center; Associate Chair, Pediatrics Clinical trials, neuromuscular disease, gene therapy, program management

Committee Member

Scott Powers, PhD – Professor, Applied Physiology and Kinesiology Muscle biology, atrophy mechanisms, Oxidative Stress

Internal Advisory Board

Christine Schmidt, PhD

Professor and Chair, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering Biomaterials, translational science, program management

Lucia Notterpek, PhD

Professor and Chair, Dept. of Neuroscience Neuropathy, demyelinating disorders, program management

Todd Golde, MD, PhD

Professor, Neuroscience; Director, Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease; Director, McKnight Brain Institute Neurodegenerative disease research, program management

External Advisors 

Ken Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR

(University of Texas Medical Branch, UTMB, Galveston, TX)

Dr. Ottenbacher is the Director of the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition as well as the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences.  He is also the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research in the School of Health Professions.  Lastly, Dr. Ottenbacher directs two federally funded rehabilitation training grants including an institutional career development K12 program for faculty with clinical backgrounds, and a postdoctoral training grant in interdisciplinary rehabilitation research. His research focuses on clinical and community outcomes in post-acute care with a focus on functional assessment, disability, and frailty in older adults.


Marcas Bamman, PhD

(University of Alabama at Birmingham)

Dr. Bamman is the Director of the Center for Exercise Medicine and the Director of an NIH T32 Program: Interdisciplinary Training in Pathobiology and Rehabilitation Medicine.  His own research program focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms driving muscle regeneration following damage or injury and understanding the physiologic processes responsible for myofiber hypertrophy to promote muscle re-growth in patients with atrophied muscles due to neuromuscular disease or injury.