What is Applied Physiology?

I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in applied physiology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In this program, I have spent years taking classes to learn physiological principles of how the human body operates. As part of our research, my fellow students and I work to apply those principles to either restore lost human function or enhance current function. Scroll down to see how I've used physiology in my research. Want to learn more about what the students of applied physiology do? Visit the PAPER website!

 

My Research

Research Projects, Presentations, and Publications

January 2017-Present

Neuromuscular Links Between Cognitive Processes and Motor Behavior
National Institute of Health T32 Training Fellowship  

Comparative Neuromechanics Laboratory: Creating, developing, and leading an on-going collaborative, interdisciplinary study examining fundamental links between cognitive tasks and motor action. This interdisciplinary project seeks to understand the neural mechanisms behind the involvement of the sensorimotor system in cognitive tasks for future applications to rehabilitation, intelligent robotics, and learning enhancement. Creative thinking, time management, initiative, and communication skills vital to project development and launch.

July 2017-August 2018

Effects of Prosthetic Power Delivery Timing on Collisional Work
National Institute of Health and National Science Foundation R01 Grants           

Comparative Neuromechanics Laboratory: Co-led a team of clinicians, researchers, and engineers in data collections for a collaborative study with a human robotics lab on patients with lower extremity limb loss. Main patient contact during data collection. Tested prototype and commercially available powered prostheses and found that more power and altered timing do not decrease collisional work. Relied on multi-tasking, attention to detail, and interpersonal skills for successful project completion.

July 2015-May 2016

Assessing Activity in the Home for Prosthetic Prescription
Department of Defense Grant

Rehabilitation Biomechanics Laboratory: Created and developed study protocol and data analyses procedures for large collaborative study examining effects of powered prostheses on patient activity and ambulation. Utilized ArcGIS, Matlab, and Actigraph software to analyze accelerometer and GPS data. Ability to learn quickly, troubleshooting skills, and clear written and oral dissemination of protocols and analysis techniques essential for effective project initiation.

July 2014-August 2015

Reliability of Metabolic Measures
National Center for Advancing Translations Sciences Grant

Rehabilitation Biomechanics Laboratory: Independently led over 40 data collections on healthy subjects to assess the reliability of metabolic measures. Found that measures are more reliable within day and quantified minimal detectable change values. Trained over 10 lab members on equipment use, study protocol, and data analysis. Project management, initiative, and creative problem-solving paramount to project completion.

July 2014-August 2015

Effects of Prosthetic Design on Metabolic Cost
National Science Foundation Grant

Rehabilitation Biomechanics Laboratory: Worked with a team of clinicians, engineers, and scientific researchers to collect and analyze metabolic data on patients with amputation utilizing a powered prosthesis for the development of methods for real-time optimization of device parameters. Found that increased prosthetic power does not equate to decreased metabolic cost. Utilized teamwork as well as oral presentation and communication skills.

 

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