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Lab Director

Dr. Citlali Lopez-Ortiz, Lab Director

Dr. Citlali Lopez-Ortiz

Office phone:

(217) 300-1022

Research Lab:

Neuroscience of Dance

Academic Affiliations

 

Assistant Professor
Director, Neuroscience of Dance in Health and Disability Laboratory
Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, College of Applied Health Sciences

 

Department of Dance, College of Fine and Applied Arts

Neuroscience Program

Faculty Affiliate, Beckman Institute

 

University of Illinois, 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 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 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

Andrew Scheidler

Beckman Institute Neuroscience open house

Mobile phone:

(847)204-6346

Research Lab:

Neuroscience of Dance

Academic Affiliations

University of Illinois Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Degree

B.S. in Kinesiology at University of Illinois Champaign Urbana, 2016.

Research and Professional Interests

Andrew Scheidler first began working for the Neuroscience of Dance Laboratory in January, 2014. Before then, he was a dance performer and showcased in both small and big productions such as Orpheus! in the Underworld at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts. Since then Andrew has co-authored peer-reviewed publications, acquired data analytic techniques, assisted in the coordination and management of ongoing lab experiments, and worked with neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. He looks forward to continuing his career in the field as a graduate student while pursuing a Master's thesis in the department of Kinesiology at University of Illinois.

Undergraduates

Allison Gelfond

Allison Gelfond

Melissa Marwitz

Melissa Marwitz

Reika McNish

Reika McNish

Melanie Solheim

Melanie Solheim