Dr. Simone V. Gill is the Lab Director. Her interests are in the areas of adaptation and development. She is particularly interested in understanding how types of practice and motor experience affect infants’, children’s, and adults’ ability to adapt to change. Her focus is on capturing the trajectory of change over multiple, nested time scales: across sessions, within sessions, within trials, and in the transition from trial to trial. In her current work, she has used walking to examine how infants and adults modify their gait to cope with changes in the environment and with changes in their body dimensions. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Society for Research in Child Development.
Michael Walsh is the current Lab Manager. He received a B.S. with High Honors in Kinesiology from University of Maryland College Park in December 2011. While attending Maryland he worked in the Cognitive Motor Neuroscience Laboratory and completed a thesis project examining how gross motor sequence tasks are learned. His research interest lies in how physical fitness and exercise affect learning and adaptation of cognitive motor tasks. In the future he plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in orthopedics. Outside of the lab he enjoys being an avid Boston sports fan, fishing, and spending time with his wife.
Ganesh Balaji is an undergraduate volunteering in the lab. He is a junior Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences. He has been working in the lab since the summer of 2012 and is looking forward to a great upcoming year. After college he plans on attending medical school, so that he can pursue his dream of being an invasive cardiologist. Additionally, he has been an avid tennis player since the age of seven and still enjoys playing tennis often.
Jiaxu Guo is an undergraduate Psychology major, class of 2015, in the College of Arts and Sciences. Before joining the lab in the summer of 2012 she did not have much research experience and was excited when the first project she worked on involved helping a collaborating researcher in Israel analyze and make sense of her data. She thinks that working in the lab is a very good experience for her and she looks forward to learning a lot of new things this year.
Parvati Dhurvas has known that she wanted to become a doctor since elementary school. Although she had no idea in what field of medicine she would enter, she always knew she would make her dream come true. Today, she is a Sophomore Psyschology major in the College of Arts and Sciences. She still plans on entering medical school after graduation from BU, and works hard everyday to make it a reality. When she is not in school, she has a variety of interests that keep her grounded. She is very devoted to her culture and loves to immerse herself in everything it has to offer. Some of her favorite things to do in life are travel (especially to India to visit family), spend time with her family and friends, read, dance, play soccer, watch movies, and play with her dog Toby. She is a strict believer in living everyday in the present, and not dwelling on the past or fearing the future.
Cagla Buyukkoc is an undergraduate Psychology major with a concentration in Biology at Boston University. Her interests include fitness and nutrition, and she is preparing to study dietetics for her graduate work in the near future. She is hoping to make use of her prior laboratory experience in the research that takes place in the Motor Development Lab, and is looking forward to spending the next year in Boston studying the relationship between obesity and motor skills.
Nicole Woo is an undergraduate volunteer in the lab. She is currently majoring in Psychology (CAS ’15) and is considering pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy. As a new addition to the lab she is excited to learn more about the different aspects of motor development and how they influence our involvement in daily activities. She is still thinking about her post-graduation plans but is confident she will come to a decision in the near future. She hopes to compete in The Amazing Race with her boyfriend someday but in the meantime, she enjoys exploring Boston’s wide variety of restaurants and coffee shops with her friends.
Pu Xia is an undergraduate volunteering in the lab. He is a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. He has been working in the lab since Feb 2012 . He wants to be a neurosurgeon although his dream was to be a cook when he was a child. He loves cooking and he always cook for his friends. He also loves traveling and fencing (saber).
Amanda Potts is an undergraduate student (Class of 2014) majoring in Health Science and in Human Physiology. As a new addition to the lab she is interested in learning more about motor development and how genes can influence the ways in which children aquire motor skills. After she graduates she plans on pursuing a career as a physicians assistant, with a specialty in orthopedic surgery. In her free time she enjoys running, hiking, playing volleyball, and softball, and hanging out with her friends.
Former Lab Members