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Lab Director

Dr. Citlali Lopez-Ortiz, Lab Director

Dr. Citlali Lopez-Ortiz

Office phone:

(217) 300-1022

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor
Director, Neuroscience of Dance in Health and Disability Laboratory
Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
Center for Health, Aging, and Disability
College of Applied Health Sciences
Department of Dance
College of Fine and Applied Arts
Neuroscience Program
College of Liberal Arts and Science
Illinois Informatics Institute
Office of the Provost
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Adjunct Faculty Joffrey Ballet Academy, The Official School of the Joffrey Ballet
 

Degree

Ph.D. Kinesiology University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001. Emphasis in Biomechanics.
M.A. in Dance State University of New York at Brockport, 1995. Emphasis in Biomechanics.
B.S. Honors (Licentiate) Physics National Autonomous University of Mexico, 1991. 

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Citlali Lopez-Ortiz has enjoyed a long academic career in developing research, teaching, service interests in dance, biomechanics, motor control, motor coordination, and motor learning in both health and physical rehabilitation. As a certified classical ballet instructor from the Bolshoi Academy of Dance  and fromBallet Academy of Coyoacán under Ana del Castillo with extensive research on the neural basis of movement coordination Dr. Citlali Lopez-Ortiz has blended multiple disciplines in her work. By establishing a scientific basis for dance in the rehabilitation of movement disorders, Dr. Citlali Lopez-Ortiz has investigated a wide spectrum of neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis. In her spare time Dr. Citlali Lopez-Ortiz can be found teaching classical ballet at Joffrey Ballet summer intensives inspiring young minds and budgeoning dancers. 
 

Graduate Students

Nathaniel Christopher Speidel, MS

Research and Professional Interests

 

MS Thesis: "Dimensionality reduction in the control of quasi-static force production tasks in humans", 2018
http://hdl.handle.net/2142/101099

Andrew Schelidler

Research and Professional Interests

Graduated MS-Non thesis option, 2018

Paul Camacho

Picture of Paul Camacho

Research Lab:

Neuroscience of Dance

Academic Affiliations

Illinois Distinguished Fellow
Neuroscience Program
Coordinated Sciences Lab

Degree

B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017)

Research and Professional Interests

Paul Camacho began working in the Neuroscience of Dance Laboratory in August of 2016. in May of 2018, he began his doctoral work in the Neuroscience Program on saccades in Parkinson's disease and healthy aging. He has also worked on grant proposals in multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. In his spare time, Paul enjoys woodworking, mixology, and writing music. He is also the graduate student advisor for UIUC's Undergraduate Neuroscience Society. He looks forward to continuing to rigorously advance reseach on complementary and integrative approaches to healthcare.

Reika McNish

Reika McNish

Academic Affiliations

Neuroscience of Dance in Health and Disability Laboratory
Coordinated Sciences Lab

Degree

BFA Dance

Research and Professional Interests

Since joining the Neuroscience of Dance Laboratory in August of 2017, Reika McNish has worked on multiple projects including those regarding the rehabilitation and analysis of multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and muscle activation patterns through dance, virtual reality, and haptics. After completing her BFA in Dance, she continued to pursue a Master’s in Kinesiology beginning in August of 2018. Reika has also taught or assisted with university classes on anatomy and kinesiology, motor learning and performance, and dance. She continues to enjoy performance, choreography, and videography outside of research. Fascinated by the human body and its various behaviors and interactions, Reika enjoys being a part of the interdisciplinary research that goes on in the Neuroscience of Dance Laboratory.

Undergraduates

Nicole Alberto

Degree

Kinesiology

Elise Chong

Degree

Kinesiology

Danielle Lencioni

Degree

Kinesiology

Morgan Rozelle

Research Lab:

Neuroscience of Dance

Academic Affiliations

Department of Kinesiology and Community Health

Research and Professional Interests

Morgan is pursuing a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and is on a pre-physical therapy track.

Edward Tang

Research Lab:

Neuroscience of Dance Lab

Academic Affiliations

Neuroscience of Dance Lab
Department of Kinesiology and Community Health

Research and Professional Interests

Edward Tang is an undergraduate with a major of Kinesiology in the College of Applied Health Sciences. He has worked in the Neuroscience of Dance Laboratory since February of 2017. Edward is experienced in cleaning Qualisys motion capture recordings, cleaning data for analysis with Matlab, and writing user documentation of desktop applications programmed by the lab. In his spare time, Edward tinkers with Linux on his Desktop and Laptop.