Members

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Susan H. Brown, PhD
Dr. Brown, Thurnau Professor of Kinesiology, is a neurophysiologist by training with specific research interests in the area of upper limb sensorimotor coordination across the lifespan and in neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy and stroke. Current research areas include upper limb and hand sensorimotor function in older adults, upper limb neurorehabilitation in adults with cerebral palsy, stroke and factors contributing to upper limb proprioceptive acuity. Dr. Brown teaches courses in Motor Control, Disorders of Voluntary Movement, and Sensorimotor Aspects of Aging.








STAFF MEMBERS

Meghan Gatward, MS
Meghan enrolled at the University of Michigan in 2017 as a Movement Science Master’s student after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. Her lab work focuses on determining real-life spontaneous arm use in pediatric populations with either neonatal brachial plexus palsy or cerebral palsy via the use of wearable Actigraph accelerometers. Meghan  graduated with her Master’s in Movement Science in the Spring of 2019 and will be starting medical school in the fall.





Ramsay Bialek, BS 

Ramsay came to the University of Michigan as a transfer student into the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience. Their lab work focuses on balance deficits in adult populations of women who have undergone surgery for breast cancer and developed lymphedema of the arm. They will graduate in the spring of 2019 with a BS in Neuroscience and a minor in General Philosophy, and plan to apply to medical school afterwards






Kathy L. Kern, MSc

Kathy has been a member of the Motor Control Laboratory since 2007, when she was an undergraduate at the School of Kinesiology. She carried on in the laboratory while pursuing her Master's in human movement. Upon graduation she became a research associate managing the daily operations including UROP projects. As part of the School of Kinesiology she also teaches classes in the three disciplines of motor control, biomechanics and exercise, physiology for both the Movement Science and Health & Fitness programs. Additionally, both in and out of the classroom she has been able to counsel students on how to best navigate their college careers and understand the opportunities of an education in kinesiology.







GRADUATE STUDENTS

Rachel Logue, MS













































R
achel came to The University of Michigan in the Fall of 2018 as a Movement Science Master's student after graduating with a B.S. in Kinesiology from San Diego State University in San Diego, California. Her lab work focuses on comparing the contribution of the Posterior Parietal Cortex to Motor Cortex pathway using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and upper limb function in aging populations. Rachel will be graduating with her Master's in Movement Science in the Spring of 2019 and plans to continue on to a PhD program next fall. 












Larken R. Marra, MSK

Larken enrolled at the University of Michigan in 2017 as a Ph.D. student and research assistant. She received her her bachelors and master’s degrees from Indiana University, Indianapolis in Exercise Science with a specialty in Adapted Physical Activity. She has experience working with all disability categories in both clinical and community based programs, but specializes primarily in cerebral palsy. Her dissertation work will focus on the natural history of functional capacity in adults with cerebral palsy from ages 18 to 55. Larken will complete her Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Adapted Physical Activity in 2021 after which time she hopes to acquire an academic position at a university.

















UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS



Nina Bourdeau, BS
Hi, my name is Nina. I am a junior studying Movement Science on the pre-med track. I joined Dr. Brown's my freshmen year; I love being able to interact with patients and "push back the frontiers of science"! Additionally, I am part of the University of Michigan Cheerleading team! Catch me during home football and basketball games. The team also competes every year; it keeps me busy, but is a blast. Lastly, I am treasurer of the Kidney Disease Screening Awareness Program, a club that provides free health screenings for underprivileged areas in hope of detecting kidney disease earlier and promoting overall health. As always, Go Blue!





Helen Liu, BS


Helen joined as a Junior majoring in Movement Science on pre-PT track. She currently helps with quantifying patient-initiated arm use following surgery to repair nerve damage affecting their upper limbs. When she’s not working on school or lab,  she is an ITS Tech Consultant at the Angell Hall computing site and the Michigan Union. She is planning to graduate in 2021, just at the time when the new Kinesiology building will be ready.





Beatrice Lucchesi, BS 
Beatrice
 joined the Motor Control Lab as a sophomore through Michigan's Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. Her work in the lab focuses on the relationship between grip force and lymphedema, and she will spend the upcoming year analyzing the interplay of factors such as handedness and age. She plans to graduate from the School fo Kinesiology movement science program in the spring of 2020








Ally Niemiec, BS

Ally joined the Motor Control Lab as a freshman through Michigan’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. In the lab, her work focuses on analyzing grip force at low force levels in the NBPP population. She plans to graduate from the School of Kinesiology Movement Science program in the spring of 2022.






Sofia Perez, BS

I am a Class of 2023 Freshman at the University of Michigan and joined this lab through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.  In the lab, my work focuses on analyzing grip force at low force levels in comparison to young and older populations. I plan on majoring in Biomolecular Science and minoring in Gender and Health and hope to one day go to medical school. I am involved in Saint Mary's Student Parish, K-Grams, TEACH, the Pre-Medical Club, am a member of the Professional Fraternity Delta Epsilon Mu, and am a Douglass Houghton Scholar.