College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
  Maria Knikou
Physical Therapy

Maria Knikou

Office : Building 5N Room 207
Phone : 718.982.3316
Fax : 718.982.2984

Degrees :
Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
M.Sc., Biomechanics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
B.Sc., Physical Education, University of Athens, Athens, Greece
B.Sc., Physical Therapy, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Biography / Academic Interests :
Dr. Knikou is a neurophysiologist working for more than 15 years on delineating the neural basis of movement and muscle tone in people with and without an injury and after training. Her recent research work concentrate on 1) functional reorganization of cortico-spinal connections after treadmill training in people with motor incomplete spinal cord injury and stroke, 2) neurophysiological characterization of cervical and thoracic transpinal evoked potentials in humans, and 3) strengthening of corticospinal connections through transpinal stimulation. Her main aim is the use of current available rehabilitation strategies in a more effective way and to develop new rehabilitation strategies to promote functional recovery of impaired movement in people with a spinal cord injury and post-stroke. Findings from
Dr. Knikou’s studies will transform our understanding on the capabilities of the injured human nervous system to reorganize. This will lead to patient-orientated rehabilitation strategies and improvement of clinical decision making.

Scholarship / Publications :
Knikou M, Hajela N, Mummidisetty CK (2013) Corticospinal excitability during walking in humans with absent and partial body weight support. Clinical Neurophysiology DOI: 10.1016/j.clinph.2013.06.004, in press.

Knikou M (2013) Functional reorganization of soleus H-reflex modulation during stepping after robotic-assisted step training in people with complete and incomplete spinal cord injury. Experimental Brain Research, DOI: 10.1007/s00221-013-3560-y, in press.

Knikou M (2013) Neurophysiological characteristics of human leg muscle action potentials evoked by transcutaneous magnetic stimulation of the spine. Bioelectromagnetics April; 34(3):200-210, doi:10.1002/bem.21768.

Hajela N, Mummidisetty CK, Smith AC, Knikou M (2013) Corticospinal reorganization after locomotor training in a person with motor incomplete paraplegia. Biomed Research International 2013: 516427, doi:10.1155/2013/516427.

Knikou M, Mummidisetty CK (2011) Reduced reciprocal inhibition during assisted stepping in human spinal cord injury. Experimental Neurology Sept; 231 (1): 104-112, doi: 10.1016/j.expneurol.2011.05.021.