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Nupur Hajela, PT, PhD

Assistant Professor

Educational Background

tDPT Physical Therapy/Therapist, Rosalind Franklin University ofMedicine and Science, Planned Completion in 2017
PhD Rehabilitation Science, Emphasis in Neuroscience, University of Minnesota (UMN), Twin Cities, 2010
BPT Physiotherapy, Baba Farid University of Health Science, Punjab, India, 2004

Courses Taught (entry-level DPT)

  • PhTH 528 Management of Neurological Disorders in Physical Therapy I 
  • PhTH 597 Evidence Based Practice in Physical Therapy
  • PhTH 565S Community Outreach and Wellness

Professional Interests/Activities

Research

  • To develop clinical rehabilitation approaches for enhancing movement performance in patients with neurological deficits (e.g.mTBI, Spinal cord injury, Stroke, and Parkinson’s).
  • To investigate the cortical control and neuroplastic changes following neurological injury and training in both adult and pediatric populations.
  • To understand neural and biomechanical correlates of muscle activation pattern and motor adaptation in neurological patients with movement dysfunction
  • To use neurotechnology  to enhance cognitive and motor recovery following neurological injury

Committee Work

  • Department: Research and IRB Committee

Professional Membership

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • California Physical Therapy Association
  • Society for Neuroscience, USA
  • Spinal Cord Society, India

Scholarly Activities

Publications

Nupur Hajela, Chaithanya K. Mummidisetty, Andrew C. Smith and Maria Knikou: Corticospinal Reorganization after Locomotor Training in a Person with Motor Incomplete Paraplegia, Biomed Research International, 2013, doi:10.1155/2013/516427.

Maria Knikou, NupurHajela, Chaithanya K Mummidisetty: Corticospinal excitability during walking with absent and partial body weight support, Clinical Neurophysiology 2013; 124:2431-2438.

Knikou M, HajelaN, Mummidisetty CK, Xiao M, Smith AC. Soleus H-reflex phase- dependent modulation is preserved during stepping within a robotic exoskeleton. Clinical Neurophysiology 2011; 122(7):1396-404.

C. G. Kukulka, N.Hajela, E. Olson, A. Peters, K. Podratz and C. Quade. Visual and cutaneous triggering of rapid step initiation Exp Brain Res. 2009; 192(2):167-73

Poster Presentations 

M. Knikou, N.Hajela, A. C. Smith, C. K.Mummidisetty, Z. W.Rymer. Reorganization of Spinal Neural Circuits after Locomotor Training in Human Spinal Cord Injury. CSM Conference, Chicago, USA 2012

Hajela N, Smith AC, Mummidisetty CK, Rymer WZ, Knikou M. Selective spinal plasticity after locomotor training in human spinal cord injury. Society for Neuroscience Conference, Washington DC, USA, 2011

Nupur Hajela, Andrew C. Smith, Chaithanya K. Mummidisetty, W. Zev Rymer, and Maria Knikou. Reorganization of spinal neuronal networks after locomotor training in human spinal cord injury. International Neurorehabilitation Symposium, Zurich, Switzerland, 2011

Mummidisetty CK, HajelaN, Xiao M, Smith AC, Knikou M. On the behavior of human spinal reflex circuits during robotic assisted stepping. APTA Annual Conference, National Harbor, MD, USA, 2011

Hajela N, Knikou M, Mummidisetty CK, Xiao M, Smith AC. Soleus H-reflex Modulation Pattern during Robotic Assisted Stepping, Brain Research Foundation, Neuroscience Day, Chicago IL, 2010

N. Hajela, C. G. Kukulka, E. Olson, A. Peters, K. Podratz and C. Quade. Visual and cutaneous cueing of step initiation, Society for Neuroscience conference, Georgia, Atlanta, 2006

N. Hajela, C. G. Kukulka. Modulation of human cutaneous reflexes during sitting, standing and step initiation, Society for Neuroscience conference, Chicago, IL, 2009

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