Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Faculty Profiles
Vicki Marie Tysseling Mattiace, PT, PhD

Vicki Marie Tysseling Mattiace, PT, PhD

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences and Physiology

Focus of Work

Academic Focus

The goal of our lab is to enhance functional recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI). Our approach to SCI research uses animal models to identify changes that occur within the spinal cord after injury. Specifically, we are interested in the changes that contribute to movement dysfunction. Once we have identified these changes, such as alterations in protein expression or neuronal excitability, we can create therapies that target them and produce a more functional motor output. We measure therape...[Read full text]The goal of our lab is to enhance functional recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI). Our approach to SCI research uses animal models to identify changes that occur within the spinal cord after injury. Specifically, we are interested in the changes that contribute to movement dysfunction. Once we have identified these changes, such as alterations in protein expression or neuronal excitability, we can create therapies that target them and produce a more functional motor output. We measure therapeutic effects not only in vitro on the local neuronal functions, but also in vivo on the overall behavior. We want to ensure that we are affecting the desired local neuronal target, and that this modification leads to overall improvements in function. In particular, we are focused on examining ventral motoneuronal and dorsal spinal interneuronal behavior, isolated spinal reflexes, single motor unit recordings, muscle activation and patterning during locomotion, and gross hyperreflexia.[Shorten text]

Education and Certification

  • PT: University of Iowa, Physical Therapy (1998)
  • PhD: Northwestern University, Neuroscience (2008)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Physiology (2012)

Contact

312/908-8160

645 N Michigan Avenue, Suite Suite 1100
Chicago IL 60611