Neurophysiology of Movement Laboratory
Department of Integrative Physiology
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0354
Neuromuscular determinants of motor function (movement) in health and disease. Current projects address three main topics:
- Aging - consequences of age-associated adaptations in neuromuscular properties on manual dexterity and walking endurance.
- Motor unit activity - modulation of discharge characteristics during sustained contractions, exposure to stressors, and variation in physical activity.
- Multiple sclerosis - (a) associations between MRI-based estimates of brain structure and function with symptomatic fatigue; and (b) the capacity of neuromuscular electrical stimulation to restore mobility.
- Director: Roger M. Enoka,
- Volunteers: Linda Bersee and Shannon Knowles
- Graduate Students: Awad Almuklass, M.Sc., Leah Davis, B.A., Robyn Capobianco, M.A., Dan Feeney, M.S., Landon Hamilton, M.A., Diba Mani, M.S.
- Undergraduate Students: Zachary Arnold, Charles "Mac" Cassin, Tate Closson-Niese, and Tomoki Usui
- Former Lab Members: Photos of former lab members are available in our gallery
- Collaborators: Ioannis Amiridis, Ph.D., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Serres, Greece; Jacques Duchateau, Ph.D., Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Dario Farina, Ph.D., Georg-August University, Germany; Jeff Hebert, P.T., Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver; John Corboy, M.D., University of Colorado Denver; Roberto Merletti, Ph.D., Politecnico di Torino, Italy; Timothy Vollmer, M.D., University of Colorado Denver.
‹ › Jeff Gould preparing to record motor unit activity in an arm muscle
Diba Mani making intramuscular electrodes
Robyn Capobianco (left) and Diba Mani attaching high-density recording electrodes to the leg of a study participant
Landon Hamilton (seated) and Karim Derqaoui preparing to measure force steadiness
Awad Almuklass (bent over participant) and Diba Mani preparing to record motor unit action potentials
Opportunities for Undergraduates
- The requirements for undergraduate students who want a research experience in our Laboratory are:
- A major in integrative physiology
- Either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in IPHY 4720 (Neurophysiology)
- Obtain UROP funding or enroll in independent study (IPHY 4860) for 8-10 hours/week for at least one semester.
- For more information, contact Dan Feeney at (firstname.lastname@example.org)