Meet Our Trainees
Dr. Adrienn Varga is a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Erica Levitt’s laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology. Her research is focused on the neural control of breathing and opioid-induced respiratory depression using electrophysiology, pharmacology and genetic approaches.
Alison is a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Glenn Walter’s laboratory in the Dept. of Physiology and Functional Genomics. Her research is focused on investigating the effects of muscle degeneration and neuromuscular scoliosis on respiratory function in individuals with neuromuscular disease using advanced magnetic resonance imaging methods.
Andrew is a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Andrew Judge’s laboratory in the Dept. of Physical Therapy. Andrew has identified several biological processes that are likely implicated in the cancer-induced wasting of muscles and his next plan is to manipulate these processes in tumor-bearing mice and assess diaphragm morphology and function.
Emanuel is a 2nd year PhD student in Clinical and Health Psychology, under the mentorship of Dr. Adam Woods. His research is focused on counteracting cognitive decline in aging by pairing non-invasive brain stimulation (tDCS, intermittent hypoxia) and cognitive training. He aims to use multimodal neuroimaging to characterize mechanisms of neuroplasticity and cognitive improvement in older adults.
Tommy is a 5th year PhD student in Rehabilitation Science, in the lab of Dr. Emily Fox. Tommy’s chief interest is improving motor function after severe spinal cord injury. He is currently researching the use of acute intermittent hypoxia to increase breathing and sitting ability for people with chronic spinal cord injury.
Mia is a 4th year PhD student in Rehabilitation Science. Her primary mentor is Dr. Gordon Mitchell. Mia’s research focus is circadian regulation of plasticity triggered by acute intermittent hypoxia. Mia has localized core components of the circadian clock in the neuromuscular system controlling breathing and is currently investigating the functional consequences of circadian clock gene expression on respiratory motor plasticity.
Ian is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His primary mentor is Dr. Kevin Otto in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Through collaboration with Dr. Erica Dale, Ian’s research focuses on understanding the electrical and physiological mechanisms of electrical epidural stimulation within the context of upper cervical spinal cord injury and the neural control of breathing.
Rachel Kelley is a 3rd year PhD student in Exercise Physiology. Her primary mentor is Dr. Leo Ferreira in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. Rachel’s research focuses on respiratory muscle dysfunction in disease. Using animal models, she is exploring diaphragm muscle abnormalities in aging, heart failure, and obesity.
Alicia Vose is a 3rd yr PhD student in Rehabilitation Science. Her primary mentor is Dr. Ianessa Humbert in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Science. Alicia’s research
focuses on physiologic mechanisms underlying normal and disordered airway protection. She has 7 years experience as a licensed speech-language pathologist.
Dr. Lila Wollman is a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. David Fuller’s laboratory in the Department of Physical Therapy. Her research is focused on enhancing respiratory neuroplasticity and promoting respiratory motor recovery after spinal cord injury using pharmacological approaches. Lila is a licensed physical therapist with 9 years of clinical experience.