Sangeetha Madhavan

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    College: Applied Health Sciences Department: Physical Therapy
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: AHS 447 Phone: 312 355 2517
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    My long term goal is to better understand how the brain controls human movement, and to identify optimal procedures to enhance neural plasticity. Particularly we are trying to develop movement and stimulation based therapies to maximize functional recovery after neuromuscular system injury. Currently, we are testing non-invasive brain stimulation paradigms as candidate adjuvants to gait therapy to enhance walking capacity in stroke survivors. We use state of the art technology like MRI and transcranial magentic stimulation to better understand the changes that occur in the brain after stroke.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 5-10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    I am looking for reliable and committed students that are willing to learn and gain experience in the research field of neuroscience or rehabilitation. Potential students must be willing to commit at least 5 and up to 10 hours per week. Students must also have a strong GPA and preferably have interest/background in biology, physiology, and/or exercise sciences.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    You would be involved in research related to rehabilitation. Currently, there a multiple studies being done in my research lab. One study is understanding how the brain controls lower limb motor control using MRI and TMS, and developing a new brain stimulation technique to enhance walking in stroke patients. This experience would be a great opportunity for you to expand your knowledge and skills in the medical and rehabilitation sciences. If you are thinking of pursuing graduate school, this opportunity would give you great experience and preparation in accomplishing this task.

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