Gabriela Cantarero, Ph.D.

Gabriela earned her PhD in Neuroscience and Varsity Fun from Johns Hopkins University.  She currently has a dual appointment as an Army Captain at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring and a Faculty Position at Hopkins in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Her research interests include motor control, motor learning and retention, and motor plasticity in repetitive head injuries. She has an extensive knowledge of pirate jokes, is obsessed with playing sand volleyball, and enjoys eating beef.



Meret Branscheidt, M.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Meret earned her MD from Philipps University in Marburg, Germany and completed her residency in the Department of Neurology, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland. She is interested in the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying motor learning and motor recovery after stroke.





Shintaro Uehara, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Shintaro earned Ph.D. in Human and Environmental Studies from Kyoto University, Japan in 2013. He is interested in learning mechanisms and their neurophysiology underling human motor learning and motor memory retention.






Firas Mawase, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Firas completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Ben-Gurion University (Israel). His PhD work was done in the laboratories of Computational motor control lab directed by Dr. Amir Karniel and Dr. Simona Bar-Haim and the Brain and Action lab directed by Dr. Lior Shmuelof. His research interests include the interaction between reinforcement learning and use-dependent plasticity during acquisition skill learning. 






Kendra Cherry-Allen, Ph.D
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Kendra is a Washington State native and attended the University of Washington in Seattle where she graduated with a BS in biology/physiology. Kendra then earned her doctorate of physical therapy and her Ph.D. in Movement Science from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She is interested in investigating the mechanisms that underlie motor learning and in developing interventions that promote motor learning in people recovering from neurological illness or injury.




Shaofeng Zhao, M.D./Ph.D
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Shaofeng received her MD from Nanjing Medical University and completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in China. After that, she earned her PhD in neurorehabilitation studies at Sun Yat-sen University, China. She is interested in understanding the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying dysphagia and motor recovery after stroke.



Danny Spampinato
Ph.D: Biomedical Engineering

Danny graduated from University of California Irvine with a B.S. with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. He is interested in understanding the physiological mechanisms underlying motor skill learning.







 Manuel Anaya, M.D.
Research Coordinator

Manuel earned his MD from the Fundación Universitaria de Ciencias de la Salud in Bogotá, Colombia. Where he completed his internship at Hospital de San José. Since his first contact with neurological illnesses he was mesmerized by how they affect the deepest of our cores and in a true sense that what we truly are, which seems to lie somewhere within the grasp of Neuroscience. He is interested in the mechanisms that control motor learning and in finding the most efficient ways to implement new therapies.