Christopher A Knight
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
- Specializes in how the nervous system controls movements and how control changes with aging, pathology or physical activity and exercise.
- Researches ways to improve older adults' ability to move. His focus also includes similar improvements for patients with Parkinson's disease and stroke victims. Knight works to develop a better understanding of the limitations to physical function in these special populations and whether or how they can be addressed with exercise or other interventions.
- Studies the most fundamental unit of control, the motor unit. The motor unit consists of a single neuron and all the muscle fibers that it stimulates. Using custom needle and fine-wire electrodes in humans, he examines the code delivered from the nervous system to muscle tissue.
Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology