Nancy Sloan, PhD Candidate

I am a first year graduate student in the Rehabilitation Science PhD program as part of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in Engineering Science and Mechanics with complementary minors in Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering. Although an engineer by training, I have always been drawn to neuroscience and the puzzle that is the brain. In Rehabilitation Science, I not only study neuroscience but am learning to apply it to the diagnosis and recovery of many neurological disorders. My primary interests are stroke rehabilitation and adult plasticity as well as diagnostic imaging of CTE. I started my first lab rotation out of three in the Chaumeil Lab where I learned how to perform hyperpolarized magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy on 13C compounds.