People

Principal Investigator:

Borich_bwDr. Michael R. Borich, DPT, PhD

michael.borich AT emory.edu

Collaborators:

Emory University

wolf_headshotDr. Steve L Wolf, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FAHA

kesar_headshotDr. Trisha Kesar, PT, PhD

Georgia Institute of Technology

wheaton_headshotDr. Louis Wheaton, PhD

ting_headshotDr. Lena Ting, PhD

ShellaDr. Shella Keiholz

University of British Columbia

sabatier_headshotDr. Lara Boyd, PT, PhD

MGH Institute of Health Professions

kimberley_headshotDr. Teresa Kimberley, PT, PhD

University of Southern California

Liew_headshotDr. Sook-Lei Liew, OT, PhD

University of California-San Diego

makieg_headshotDr. Scott Makieg, PhD

miyakoshi_headshotDr. Makoto Miyakoshi, PhD

Trainees and Research Staff:

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Jackie Palmer, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, American Heart Association
Background and Research Interests: Dr. Palmer completed a dual doctoral degree program with a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Sciences from the University of Delaware in May 2016. Her primary research interests involve the neural correlates of human movement patterns, particularly human ambulation,  and motor learning in health and disease. Her primary research project in the NPRL uses synergistic TMS-EEG measures to understand the underlying neural mechanisms of walking dysfunction in stroke survivors.

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Erin King, Graduate Student, Neuroscience Graduate Program, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Emory University
Background and Research Interests: Erin received her BS with majors in Biology and Psychology and a minor in Chemistry from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. During her time as an undergraduate, she used EEG to study the effects of prenatal nicotine exposure on sensory processing in infants. After graduation, she spent a year as a Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow at the Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center examining the interaction of stress and working memory capacity in adolescents at risk for developing schizophrenia. Erin is currently pursuing her PhD in the Neuroscience Graduate Program within the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory University. She is interested in using neuroimaging techniques to study neural structure and function following stroke or neurodegenerative disease.

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Mary Alice White, DPT, Graduate Student, Applied Physiology, Georgia Tech
Background and research interests: Dr. White received a BA in Dance and Performances Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. After dancing professionally for many years she returned to school, completing a certificate in postbaccalaureate studies in health sciences from Columbia University in 2015. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Emory University in May of 2018 and continues to work toward her PhD in Applied Physiology at Georgia Institute of Technology, the first student to pursue this dual degree program. Mary Alice’s research interests lie in predictive models of motor recovery after stroke, acute stroke rehabilitation, physiological mechanisms of neural repair and their motor learning correlates in individuals with stroke. 

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Alejandro Lopez, Graduate Student, Neuroscience Graduate Program, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Emory University
Background and Research Interests: Alejandro received his BS with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biological Sciences from San José State University. During his time as an undergraduate, he used an in vivo muscle-nerve preparation technique to study the effects of systemic inflammation caused by diet-induced obesity on muscle proprioceptor activity in mice. Alejandro is currently pursuing his PhD in the Neuroscience Graduate Program within the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory University. He is interested in using brain stimulation and electromyography techniques to study motor function and impairment following stroke or spinal cord injury.

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Lauren Edwards, Graduate Student, Neuroscience Graduate Program, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Emory University

Background and Research Interests: Lauren received her BS in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science with a minor in Chemistry from The University of Arizona. During her undergraduate career she explored central executive function and its relationship with attention in children with specific language disorder. Lauren is currently pursuing her PhD in the Neuroscience Graduate Program within the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory University. She is interested in exploring motor learning after stroke, and how it is impacted by time post-stroke and subsequent changes in the brain.

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Shiyu Lin, Undergraduate Student (Quantitative Science in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology), Emory University

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Sarah Coolidge, Undergraduate Student, Research Partners Program Awardee, Emory University

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Tarushi Tanaya, Undergraduate Student (Quantitative Science in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology), Research Partners Program Awardee

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Cassie Fierro, Undergraduate Student (Neuroscience, Behavioral Biology), SIRE and SURE awardee Emory University

NPRL alumni

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Alex Chen, Undergraduate Student (Chemical Engineering), PURA recipient Georgia Tech. Current: Medical Student at Medical College of Georgia

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Arsh Momin, Undergraduate Student (Computer Science), PURA recipient, Georgia Tech. Current: Medical Student at Medical College of Georgia

Rick Saha, Undergraduate Student, PURA recipient, Georgia Tech. Current: Medical Student at Medical College of Georgia

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Whitney Gray, NIH StrokeNet Fellow, Georgia StrokeNet Regional Coordinating Center

Alice Halter, Undergraduate Student, Emory University

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Dev Mandavia, Undergraduate Student, Georgia Tech

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Kanchi Patel, Undergraduate Student, Georgia Tech

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Aanand Patel, Undergraduate Student (Neuroscience), Emory University. Current: MSc in Global Health Student at Kings College, London

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Timothy Lee, Undergraduate Student (Neuroscience), Emory University

Puneeth Guruprasad, Undergraduate Student, Georgia Tech

Layla Darian, Undergraduate Student (Business, Pre-PT), Georgia Tech

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Chris Kontoghiorghes, Undegraduate Student (Chemistry), Emory University. Current: Medical Student at Tulane University

Eric Oetter, DPT Student, Emory University

Benjamin Chong, Volunteer

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Sumi Sato, DPT Student, Emory University. Current: PhD Student at University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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Aditya Santoki, Intern, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

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Colby Wallace, DPT Student, Emory University