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Dagmar Sternad, PhD– Professor of Biology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Physics at Northeastern University
“Rhythm ‘n’ moves – A window into into brain and behavior”
Dagmar Sternad is Professor of Biology, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Physics, and member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Complex Systems at Northeastern University. Before joining Northeastern University she was a Professor in Kinesiology and Integrative Biosciences at The Pennsylvania State University. She graduated from the Technical University and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, and received both her Master and PhD from the University of Connecticut. From 1995 until 2008, she was Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor at the Pennsylvania State University in Kinesiology and Integrative Biosciences. Prof. Sternad is Executive Editor of Journal of Motor Behavior, Consulting Editor for Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, and Member of the National Institutes of Health Taskforce on Children Motor Disorders.
Her research in computational neuroscience and motor control focuses on learning and control of sensorimotor coordination in humans, both in healthy and neurologically impaired individuals. This work spans behavioral experiments with mathematical models of control and nonlinear dynamics, bridging biology with engineering and physics. Research in the Action Lab focuses on single- and multi- joint human movements in perceptually specified tasks, and involves three-pronged research strategies consisting of: (1) an empirical component with behavioral experiments on human subjects, (2) theoretical work which develops mathematical models for movement generation on the basis of coupled dynamical systems, and (3) brain imaging studies that investigate the cerebral activity accompanying movement. These experimental paradigms have been extended to neurological disorders such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and children with dystonia.
The results are documented in over 90 publications in scientific journals, conference proceedings and a book. The research has been continuously supported by grants from the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research and the American Heart Association.