Director

Dr. Stacey L Gorniak

Stacey L Gorniak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston

My research interests are directed towards understanding healthy and pathological neuromuscular control. Specifically, I am interested in sensorimotor function and how neurological pathology changes how we use our hands. I am interested in investigating how neural changes due to aging, chronic health conditions and movement disorders affect functional hand use, particularly in actions of daily living.

 

Primary Investigators

Dr. Christopher J. Arellano

Christopher J. Arellano, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston

I have a broad interest in understanding the biomechanics, energetics, and balance of human and animal locomotion. Current projects focus on four main areas: 1. Locomotor Training: develop training interventions aimed at improving muscle-tendon function, economy, and balance. 2. Stability and Muscle-Tendon Mechanics: investigate how the intrinsic properties of muscle and tendon contribute to stability in response to perturbations. 3. Assistive Devices: engineer and test devices that reduce metabolic cost, with implications for rehabilitative gait training strategies in older adults and in individuals with balance disorders. 4. Human Performance: advance our understanding of locomotion biomechanics and apply these insights to improve performance in the context of athletics, space-flight, elderly, etc.

 

Dr. Charles Layne

layne

Charles Layne, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston

Interested in the development of human coordination primarily from a neuromuscular perspective. This interest is satisfied by investigating posture and locomotion processes. More recent interests include understanding the role of somatosensory input in producing coordinated movement, including investigating how the brain processes such information using fMRI.

 

Dr. Beom-Chan Lee

Lee

Beom-Chan Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston

My research interests are 1) designing and developing a real-time biofeedback technology to prevent and reduce falls by leveraging fall recovery performance in individuals with a high risk of falling, 2) designing and developing a cell phone based platform for home-based balance rehabilitation and fall prevention applications, 3) designing and developing a wearable sensory augmentation system via vibrotactile biofeedback for conveying motion instructions based on motion error between an expert and a trainee (patient) for potential clinical and home-based balance rehabilitation training applications, and 4) characterizing non-volitional human motor behavior (postural responses) to torso-based vibrotactile stimulation.

 

Dr. Pranav Parikh

Parikh

Pranav Parikh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston

My research is primarily focused on understanding the sensorimotor mechanisms for motor control and learning in healthy young individuals, older adults, and patients with neurological diseases and injury. I am also interested in developing therapeutic strategies to improve sensorimotor function in older adults and patient populations. My current research uses the human hand as a model to accomplish these goals. We use a wide range of approaches including motion tracking, kinetic measurements, surface electromyography (muscle activity), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).

 

Dr. Adam Thrasher

Thrasher Adam Thrasher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Associate Department Chair, Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston

Research focuses on the development of new knowledge and techniques to improve function after spinal cord injury and stroke. My current projects are concerned with improving the walking function, cardiovascular function and reducing the risk of pressure sores.

 

 

Adjunct Faculty

Thomas Krouskop, Ph.D., P.E.

KrouskopThomas Krouskop, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor, School of Allied Health Sciences, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine

 

 

 

 

 

Katharine E Forth, Ph.D.

Katharine E Forth, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

 

Affiliated Faculty

Mark Clarke, Ph.D.

Clarke Mark Clarke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston

Muscle physiology, muscle adaptation to mechanical loading, cellular basis of muscle function in health and disease.

 

 

Daniel O'Connor, Ph.D.

O'Connor Daniel O'Connor, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston

My research involves application of biostatistical models to investigate the effectiveness of clinical interventions and to evaluate subject-level changes in health measures and health-related quality of life. I have participated in studies supported by funding from the Joe W. King Orthopedic Institute, NASA, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

 

Richard Simpson, Ph.D.

SimpsonRichard Simpson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston

Dr Simpson's main research interests are concerned with the effects that exercise, age and disease has on immune function.