Heidi Schambra, MD
Dr. Heidi Schambra is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Director of the Neuro-Epidemiology division, and Director of the Mobilis Lab. Dr. Schambra received her undergraduate neuroscience degree from Brown University and her MD from Emory University. She underwent neurology training at Harvard University and neurorehabilitation training at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship studying motor learning and noninvasive brain stimulation with Dr. Leonardo Cohen at NINDS/NIH. Dr. Schambra was on faculty at Columbia University until 2016, when she joined NYU School of Medicine. In her spare time, she can be found fly fishing with her husband and menacing New York on her Citibike.
Avinash Parnandi, MS, PhD
Dr. Parnandi is an experimental computer scientist with interests in wearable sensing, control systems, and machine learning for health-related applications. He received an undergraduate degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology (Nagpur, India), a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from USC, and a doctorate in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University. His research is driven by a strong desire to understand human physiology and to build hardware and software tools to address health and mobility issues. For his postdoctoral work, Dr. Parnandi is developing computational models to learn the data patterns of functional movements made with the arm, and to quantitate movement abnormality post-stroke. Besides research, Dr. Parnandi enjoys traveling, reading, and watching any form of motorsport.
Charalambos “Bobby” Charalambous, PhD
Dr. Charalambous is a movement and rehabilitation scientist. He received an undergraduate and master’s degree in Kinesiology from California State University Northridge, a master’s degree in Biokinesiology from the University of Southern California, and a doctoral degree in Health and Rehabilitation Science from the Medical University of South Carolina. Before joining the Mobilis lab, he underwent postdoctoral training with Dr. Darcy Reisman at the University of Delaware. He is interested in understanding neurophysiological and biomechanical mechanisms underlying motor control and learning in healthy and impaired humans, and in using noninvasive brain stimulation to assess and modulate motor pathways. For his current postdoctoral work, Dr. Charalambous is developing neurophysiological approaches to probe and modulate subcortical pathways that may play a role in recovery after stroke. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising and cooking.
Elisa Stern, BA
Research Coordinator, Neuromodulation
Elisa received a BA from Colby College, where she majored in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience. At Colby, Elisa worked in a Behavioral Neuroscience lab examining brain-behavior relationships in rodent models. Her senior thesis examined olfactory bulb neurogenesis and its variations across the female rodent estrous cycle. Elisa’s research interests lie broadly in how neurochemical and neuroanatomical abnormalities manifest behaviorally. She is particularly interested in pathological neural circuitry, and is interested in clinical intervention. In her spare time, Elisa enjoys running, swimming, and cooking. Elisa will be applying to PhD programs in Behavioral Neuroscience.
Natasha Pandit, BA
Research Coordinator, Quantitative Rehabilitation
Natasha graduated as a Presidential Honors Scholar with a BA in Psychology from New York University. As an undergraduate, Natasha served as a Student Intern and Associate Director of Research in the NYU School of Medicine’s SeedProgram, where she examined the effects of food marketing and policy on consumer behavior in the U.S. and abroad. She was a research assistant in the NYU Social Perception, Action & Motivation Lab, where she was studying how perceptual biases influence social decision-making and behavior. Natasha is interested in studying both the physiological and psychological implications of motor skill recovery. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, cooking, and playing both classical and contemporary piano.
Past Lab Members
Audre Wirtanen, Research Coordinator