Hobbies: Snowboarding, cycling, playing guitar, and exploring new places with my husband.

Tanya Onushko, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Associate

Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
University of Florida
Gainesville Florida 32611


Phone: 352-294-1479
Fax: 352-392-0316
Email: tanya.onushko@hhp.ufl.edu



Education

  • 2005 B.S., Department of Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2007 M.S., Department of Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2011Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2011-date Post-Doctorate, Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, University of Florida, Florida, USA

Research Interests:

My research interests are focused on the control of movement, how this control is affected by aging, disease or injury, and the associated neuromuscular mechanisms. Currently we are investigating new strategies that aim to improve learning of a new motor skill in the aging population. We hope this information can be used to rehabilitate older adults to decrease risk of falls or imbalance problems and further improve function.

Professional Experience:

  •  2002-2005: Research Engineer, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  •  2004-2004: Validation Engineer, GE Healthcare Technologies, Milwaukee, WI
  •  2005-2006: Head Teaching Assistant, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2007-2008: Teaching Assistant, Department of Physical Therapy, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2009-2010: Teaching Assistant, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI



Honors and Awards:

  • 2008-2009: GAANN Fellowship, Marquette University



Recent Publications:

  • Hyngstrom A, Onushko T, Heitz RP, Rutkowski A, Hunter SK & Schmit BD. Stroke-related changes in neuromuscular fatigue of the hip flexors and functional implications. Am J Phys Med Rehabil, 91:33-42, 2012.
  • Onushko T, Hyngstrom A& Schmit BD. Bilateral oscillatory hip movements induce windup of multijoint lower extremity spastic reflexes in chronic spinal cord injury. J Neurophysiol, 106:1652-1661, 2011.
  • Onushko T, Hyngstrom A& Schmit BD. Effects of multijoint spastic reflexes of the legs during assisted bilateral hip oscillations in human spinal cord injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil,91:1225-1235, 2010.
  • Hyngstrom A, Onushko T, Chua M & Schmit BD. Abnormal volitional hip torque phasing and hip impairments in gait post stroke. J Neurophysiol, 103:1557-1568, 2010.
  • Onushko T & Schmit BD. Coordinated muscle activity of the legs during assisted bilateral hip oscillations in human spinal cord injury. Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium, 2008.
  • Onushko T & Schmit BD. Reflex response to bilateral hip oscillations in human spinal cord injury. J Neurophysiol, 98:1849-1861, 2007.



Reviewer:

  • European Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Journal of Motor Behavior
  • Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise



Professional Service:

Membership

  • 2008-date: Society for Neuroscience
  • Alpha Eta Mu Beta, Biomedical Engineering Honor Society, member
  • Pi Mu Epsilon, Math Honor Society, member



Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory