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Mabbott Lab

Kamila Szulc

Kamila Szulc

Kamila Szulc obtained her PhD in Biomedical Imaging from New York University. She did her graduate work in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Turnbull at NYU School of Medicine. Her doctoral work focused on developing and applying novel micro-MRI approaches for studies of brain development using mouse models of human neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. In her studies she used cerebellum, a brain region critical in motor control and function, as a model system for quantitative and qualitative analysis of patterning processes taking place at early postnatal stages. She used a variety of computational neuroimaging approaches including: deformation based morphometry, cortical thickness, regional brain shape analysis, as well as automated volumetric analysis of different brain structures.

Szulc joined the Mabbott lab in the fall of 2013 as a postdoctoral fellow. Currently, she is working on projects examining potential of physical exercise and pharmacological interventions to stimulate repair of treatment-related brain damage in children with brain tumours and mouse models of childhood brain injury. She uses structural MRI, diffusion tensor and diffusion kurtosis imaging, magnetization transfer and arterial spin labeling in her studies.

In addition to being a neuroscientist she is also an AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) certified group fitness instructor. She particularly enjoys teaching IntenSati a fun, energizing cardio workout that combines spoken positive affirmations with movement. In her free time she enjoys biking, hiking, taking 1.5h long hot yoga classes, experimenting with her juicer and blender to make various green juices and smoothies and playing with her two kittens Ginger and Pekoe.