Kelli Sharp

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Assistant Professor, Dance
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
Co-director of I-move, Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center
B.A., Hollins University, Roanoke, VA, 1998, Biology
D.P.T.Sc., Chapman University, Orange, CA, 2008
University of California, Irvine
University of California Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
injury prevention and wellness for dancers, rehabilitation strategies for neurological disorders, motion capture systems, functional magnetic resonance (fMRI)
Research Abstract
Dr. Sharp’s research embodies two pillars. The first pillar focuses on injury prevention and wellness for dancers using motion capture system and applying methods of analysis to determine the relationship of motion in space we can further reduce injuries. The second pillar focuses on the development of novel technologies to advance rehabilitation strategies for individuals with neurological disorders by incorporating tools, such as motion capture systems and functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) with dance/movement therapy.

Hobbies/Outside Interests.
The outdoors (trees, snow, and nature), horseback riding, yoga, cooking, gardening, backpacking, white water.
Selected Publications.

1. Sharp KG, Dickson AR, Marchenko SA, Yee KM, Emery PN, ILaidmåe I, Uibo R, Sawyer ES, Steward O, Flanagan LA. 2012. Salmon fibrin treatment of spinal cord injury promotes functional recovery and density of serotonergic innervation. Experimental Neurology. 235(1):345-56.

2. Kim DS, Li KW, Boroujerdi A, Peter Yu Y, Zhou CY, Deng P, Park J, Zhang X, Lee J, Corpe M, Sharp K, Steward O, Eroglu C, Barres B, Zaucke F, Xu ZC, Luo ZD. 2012. Thrombospondin-4 Contributes to Spinal Sensitization and Neuropathic Pain States. Journal of Neuroscience. 32(26):8977-8987.

3. Dodakian L, Sharp KG, See J, Abidi NS, Mai M, Fling BW, Le VH, Cramer SC. 2013. Targeted engagement of a dorsal premotor circuit in the treatment of post-stroke paresis. Neurorehabilitation. 33: 13–24.

4. Sharp KG, Yee KM, Stiles TL, Aguilar RM, Steward O. 2013. A re-assessment of the effects of treatment with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen) on promoting axon regeneration via RhoA inhibition after spinal cord injury. Experimental Neurology. 248:321-37.

5. Duarte JE, Gebrekristos B, Perez S, Rowe JB, Sharp K, Reinkensmeyer DJ. Effort, performance, and motivation: Insights from robot-assisted training of human golf putting and rat grip strength. International Conference of the IEEE EMBS, Seattle, WA, June 2013.

6. Sharp KG, Gramer R, Butler L, Cramer SC, Hade E, Page SJ. 2013. Effect of Overground Training Augmented By Mental Practice On Gait Velocity in Chronic, Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. Dec 14. pii: S0003-9993(13)01231-8.

7. Sharp KG, Yee, KM, Steward O. 2014. A re-assessment of treatment with a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (imatinib) on tissue sparing and functional recovery after spinal cord injury. Experimental Neurology. 254C: 1-11.

8. Sharp KG, Duarte J*, Gebrekristos B, Perez S, Steward O, Reikensmeyer DJ. 2015. Robotic Rehabilitator of the Rodent Upper Extremity (RUE): A system and method for assessing and training forelimb force production after neurological injury. Journal of Neurotrauma. doi:10.1089/neu.2015.3987.

9. Sharp KG, Yee KM, Steward O. 2014. A re-assessment of long distance growth and connectivity of neural stem cells after severe spinal cord injury. Exp Neurol. 2014 Jul; 257:186-204.

10. Pan B, Park J, Yu Y, Zhou C, Li KW, Wang D, Guo Y, Deng P, Chang E, Kim DS, Wu HE, Vo B, Zhang X, Gong N, Sharp KG, Steward O, Vitko I, Perez-Reyes E, Wang F, Eroglu C, Barres B, Zaucke F, Xu Z, Feng G, Hogan Q, Luo ZD. 2016. Central mechanisms mediating thrombospondin-4 induced pain states. J Biol Chem. Jun 17;291(25):13335-48.
Research Centers
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UCIMC
Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center (SCRC), UCI
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