Seidler, Rachael, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

  • PhD in Motor Control, Arizona State University, (1999)
  • MS in Biomechanics, Arizona State University, (1995)
  • BS in Exercise Science, Biology minor, University of Oregon, (1992)

Seidler CV

Contact Info

(Office) FLG 142
(Lab) FLG 80
P.O. Box 118205
Gainesville, FL 32611-8205
(352) 294-1722 | rachaelseidler@ufl.edu


Biography

Rachael Seidler is a Professor in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on the neural control of movement in health and disease, with a specific focus on motor learning. She uses a range of neuroimaging and neuromodulation techniques coupled with precise measures of movement and cognitive function to determine the neurocognitive underpinnings of motor control. Dr. Seidler has expertise working with a variety of populations including healthy young and older adults, patients with Parkinson’s disease, and NASA astronauts both basic science and intervention experiments. Her work has been supported by the NIH, the NSF, NASA, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), and a variety of private foundations. Active work in her lab includes investigation of human brain plasticity with spaceflight and experiments investigating which cognitive processes support skill acquisition and how they map onto underlying neural pathways.

Research Interests

  • Genetic, neural, and strategic factors contributing to individual differences in motor performance
  • Spaceflight induced neuroplasticity
  • Cognitive contributions to skill learning across the lifespan