Roxana G. Burciu, PhD

Principle Investigator

Dr. Burciu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology. Prior to arriving at UD in 2018, Dr. Burciu was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Florida. She completed a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany and a postdoc in Motor Neuroscience at the University of Florida. Dr. Burciu’s research focuses on how the brain regulates voluntary movements with a specific focus on movement disorders. When she is not doing research, she enjoys art, music, and outdoor activities.

Research Staff

Jae Woo Chung, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Jae Woo Chung is a postdoctoral associate in the Motor Neuroscience and Neuroimaging Lab. He received his PhD in Biobehavioral Science from the University of Florida, and did his postdoctoral training in Neurophysiology in Movement Disorders in the Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota. He is interested in brain changes underlying motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease but also other tremor disorders such as essential tremor and dystonic tremor. When he is not doing research, Dr. Chung enjoys outdoor activities, including snowboarding in the winter and wake-boarding in the summer.

Abigail Bower, MA

Research Coordinator

Abigail is a research coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology. She earned her Masters of Arts in Experimental and Biological Psychology from American University and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Japanese from Elizabethtown College. In her free time she likes to read fantasy novels, dance, and learn foreign languages.

Graduate Students

Taylor M. Gauss, BS

BIOMS PhD Student

Taylor is a first year PhD student in the Biomechanics and Movement Science (BIOMS) program. She earned her Bachelor of Science as a double major in Psychology and Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida. Her research interest is focused on the neural correlates of motor impairment in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and she is particularly interested in exploring the role of the cerebellum in the pathophysiology of PD. In her free time, she likes to work out, go on hikes with her dog, paint and attend concerts.

Undergraduate Researchers

Sophia Crisomia

Undergraduate Researcher

Sophia is a pre-med student majoring in Biology and Neuroscience and minoring in Spanish for Healthcare. She is passionate about addressing healthcare disparities so as to eliminate a lack of access due to race, socioeconomic background, and geographic location. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading Stephen King novels, and biking.

Taylor Rother

Undergraduate Researcher

Taylor is a Senior Exercise Science student in the College of Health Sciences. She has a particular interest in the effects of neurological disorders on proper motor control function and hopes to one day apply this knowledge to a career in Physical Therapy. When she is not focused on her studies, Taylor appreciates quality time with family, walks on the beach with her dogs, boating and being active.

Previous Lab Members

  • Jennifer Gedz, BS, BA
    Research Coordinator
  • Liam Festa –  Exercise Science Major, UD
    UD Undergraduate Summer Fellow
    Summer 2020
  • Olivia Miller – Exercise Science Major, UD
    Undergraduate Researcher
    Spring 2020
  • Georgiana Finney – Exercise Science Major, UD
    Undergraduate Researcher
    Spring 2020
  • Dhairya Patel – Neuroscience Major, UD
    Undergraduate Researcher
    2019 – 2020
  • Carissa Aekins – Physiology and Neurobiology Major, University of Connecticut
    UD Undergraduate Research Scholar
    Summer 2019
  • Hason Jafrey – Accelerated Nursing Program, UD
    DE INBRE Summer Research Scholar
    Summer 2019
  • Hayeon Park – Exercise Science Major, UD
    Undergraduate Researcher
  • Ashley Dingman – Health Behavior Science Major, UD
    Undergraduate Researcher
    2018 – 2019
  • Heather Bianco – Exercise Science Major, UD
    Undergraduate Researcher
    2018 – 2019

John Jeka, PhD – University of Delaware

Christopher Knight, PhD – University of Delaware

David Vaillancourt, PhD – University of Florida