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Neuroscience Laboratory

Nueroscience Laboratory

The research focus of our lab is the neural control of movement and how neurophysiological substrates are affected by normal aging, movement disorders, physical activity and exercise, with much of the work looking at control mechanisms at the level of the individual motor unit.

 

Lab Personnel

Lab Director:
Christopher A. Knight, PhD

Lab Personnel:
Maria Bellumori, MS
Doctoral Student in Training
Biomechanics and Movement Sciences

Michael Phillips, ATC
Masters Student in Training
Dept. of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Joint Appointment: Dept. of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences and Dept. of Physical Therapy

Research Focus

The research focus of our lab is the neural control of movement and how neurophysiological substrates are affected by normal aging, movement disorders, physical activity and exercise. Much of our work is focused on control mechanisms at the level of the individual motor unit, which consists of a single neuron and the muscle fibers it innervates. With the ability to examine motor unit activity and the corresponding force production or movement of body segments, we strive to generate new knowledge that is meaningful in health, performance and rehabilitation.

Current Projects

Motor neuronal discharge behavior following stroke
Role: Knight (PI), Binder-Macleod (PT-mentor)
University of Delaware Research Foundation: Strategic Initiatives (2/1/09 – 1/31/10)
This project is focused on the motor unit correlates of motor quickness and strength in the stroke survivor.

Motor Unit Discharge and Slowed Motor Output in Elderly
Role: Knight PI
NIH / NIA 1 R03 AG026322-01, 12/01/2006 – present
This project is focused on age-related differences in motor unit control mechanisms in oscillating muscular contractions.

Recent Publications
Open Positions

Graduate student positions are available based on the current funding status of the lab and department. Potential applicants should consider the Master of Science Degree in Exercise Science, the PhD program in Applied Physiology (Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences) or the integrative Biomechanics and Movement Sciences PhD program.


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