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  • PhD Studentship Movement Neuroscience/Biomechanics Penn State

    PhD StudentShip
    Penn State University
    With Dr. Sainburg
    Movement Neuroscience Laboratory/Biomechanics Laboratory
    Departments of Kinesiology, and Programs in Neuroscience and Bioengineering

    We currently have a funded PhD studentship position available in the
    Movement Neuroscience Laboratory in the Kinesiology Department at Penn
    State. Students can pursue their research either in the department of
    Kinesiology, the program in Neuroscience, or the program in Bioengineering.
    Our laboratory is focused on discerning the neural mechanisms underlying
    control of multijoint reaching movements in humans. We currently employ two
    primary models to explore the organization of reaching movements: Motor
    Lateralization in Healthy Subjects and Motor Disorders. We explore control
    mechanisms through both empirical studies and, to a lesser extent, through
    the use of simulations. We currently have 4 experimental set-ups that employ
    a virtual reality environment designed and programmed by Dr. Sainburg. One
    of our systems is interfaced with an MIT MANUS robotic system, which allows
    the application of programmed forces during movements. All set-ups are
    equipped with 3-D multiple segment motion tracking and surface EMG
    capabilities. We are currently expanding our projects to explore basic
    control mechanisms using movement disorders, including Parkinsonšs Disease
    and Stroke. We have a laboratory in the Clinical Neurology Department on our
    Medical Campus, and have an active collaboration with Kathleen Haaland at
    the New Mexico VA, where we have been examining stroke patients. I have a
    professional background and strong interest in medical rehabilitation, and
    many of our projects have implications for rehabilitation science. Our
    laboratory is currently supported by NIH, and receives partial support
    through the Veteranšs Administration and the Pennsylvania State Department
    of Health. The current studentship is supported by an NIH R01 Grant.

    The Penn State Department of Kinesiology houses a world class program in
    Biomechanics and Motor Control, and provides an intellectually stimulating
    and scientifically fertile environment in which to learn. Several excellent
    seminars in Neuroscience, Biomechanics and Motor Control, and Bioengineering
    attract prominent scientists from around the globe. We often have
    international visiting scientists, and have frequent scientific and social
    interactions between and within laboratories. Our laboratory has
    interactions and occasional collaborations with the laboratories of Mark
    Latash, Dagmar Sternad, Karl Newell, David Rosenbaum, Toby Mordkoff,
    Vladimir Zatsiorsky, Steve Piazza, John Challis, among many others. We also
    have a great time in less formal, social get-togethers to celebrate and
    discuss science. Overall, this is a very fertile and stimulating
    intellectual environment.


    Robert L. Sainburg, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Kinesiology, Neuroscience, and Bioengineering
    Movement Neuroscience Laboratory and Biomechanics Laboratory
    Pennsylvania State University
    29 Recreation Building
    University Park PA 16802
    Tel.: (814)-865-7938
    Fax: (814)-8634755