Sensorimotor Learning Laboratory

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Gelsy Torres

Gelsy Torres-Oviedo, PhD Associate Professor Department of Bioengineering
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Prof. Torres-Oviedo started her faculty position in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. Prior to that, she completed her postdoctoral training in Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University in 2007 and she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001 with a B.S. in Physics.

Dr. Torres-Oviedo is interested in understanding learning mechanisms underlying the adaptation of gait and how to stimulate them to rehabilitate the gait of patients with cortical lesions. She uses psychophysical experiments and computational tools for investigating how prior motor experiences influence how we learn and how we generalize new motor patterns to novel situations. Outside the lab, Dr. Torres-Oviedo enjoys playing with her kids, indoor and outdoor jogging, and watching movies with her husband.



Dulce Mariscal, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Associate


Dulce moved from Venezuela to Puerto Rico where she received her degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Del Turabo. After she finished her undergraduate degree, she decided to take the opportunity to be exposed to research and moved to Pittsburgh to work as a research intern under the supervision of Dr. Torres-Oviedo. Once she finished her internship, Dulce decided to continue her studies and is now in the lab as a PhD in the Bioengineering program, pursuing the Neural Engineering track.

During her internship Dulce worked on different projects, but her main focus was on understanding the effect of different cognitive conditions in the ways people learn and transfer walking patterns. Now as a PhD student, Dulce is interested in characterizing aspects of split-belt walking that can be generalizable to different environments. Outside of the lab, Dulce enjoys playing soccer, swimming and outdoor activities.


Marcela Gonzalez-Rubio, B.S. Graduate Student


Marcela received her Biomedical Engineering degree from the Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito and Universidad del Rosario Bogotá, Colombia in 2017. She moved to Pittsburgh on September 2017 to work on Sensorimotor Learning Laboratory as a research intern. Marcela is now in the lab as a PhD student in the Bioengineering program

Marcela is interested in gait analysis, specifically, biomechanical characterization of gait and how say characterization help assess rehabilitation techniques for patients who are suffering from gait impairments. One of these techniques being adaptation of gait by introduction of perturbations while walking on a treadmill. Outside of the lab, Marcela enjoys reading, travelling, and dancing.

Shuqi Liu

Shuqi Liu, B.S. Graduate Student


Shuqi received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Centre College. Shuqi is pursuing her Ph.D. in Bioengineering with a focus on the Neural Engineering track. Shuqi is interested in understanding the impact of aging on motor learning, gait automaticity, and mobility. Her current project involves using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to study prefrontal cortex engagement during walking. She is interested to see if interventions like the split-belt treadmill can improve community mobility in older adults.

Outside the lab, Shuqi enjoys hiking, traveling, watching movies, and good food. 


Adwoa Amoakowaa Awuah, B.S. Graduate Student


Adwoa received her baccalaureate in Biomedical Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana.  Adwoa is pursuing her Ph.D. in Bioengineering.

Her research interests are in Neurorehabilitation, Motor adaptation and Motor Generalization. Adwoa enjoys singing and watching movies. 


Nate Brantly, B.S. Graduate Student


Nate received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2014. He subsequently completed a Whitaker International Program fellowship in the Musculoskeletal Modelling Group at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute in New Zealand before returning to Chicago to work as a Research & Development Engineer at Coapt, designer of a pattern recognition control system for arm prostheses. It was at Coapt that Nate rediscovered a passion for research, which led him to work as a Research Technician in the Bensmaia Lab at the University of Chicago while applying to graduate school. After a time in the Rehab Neural Engineering Labs at Pitt, Nate joined the Sensorimotor Learning Laboratory in April 2023 as a PhD student in the Bioengineering department at the University of Pittsburgh.

Nate is interested understanding impairments in the context specificity of motor learning in individuals who have had a stroke. He more broadly enjoys neuromuscular control of movements and electrophysiology, including EMG analysis. Outside of the lab, Nate enjoys reading, exercising, baseball, and music.



Shiloh Struthers, B.S. BRIDGE Program Adminstrator


Shiloh was born and raised in Oil City, Pennsylvania and completed undergraduate studies at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and Point Park University. Shiloh joined our staff in November 2022 as our BRIDGE Program Administrator. Outside of work she enjoys going on walks, spending time with her husband and two cats, and playing games with friends.