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Dr. Pranav J Parikh

Assistant Professor

Office Number: 2068 H2
Phone: 713-743-0503
Fax: 713-743-9860


Mailing Address:
3875 Holman St., Rm 104 Garrison
Houston, TX 77204-6015


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Research Interests

My research is primarily focused on understanding the sensorimotor mechanisms for motor control and learning in healthy young individuals, older adults, and patients with neurological diseases and injury. I am also interested in developing therapeutic strategies to improve sensorimotor function in older adults and patient populations. My current research uses the human hand as a model to accomplish these goals. We use a wide range of approaches including motion tracking, kinetic measurements, surface electromyography (muscle activity), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).

Recent Publications and Research Activity

Parikh PJ and Cole KJ (2015). Effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on the control of finger force during dexterous manipulation in healthy older adults. PLOS One. 10(4): e0124137. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0124137.

Parikh PJ, Davare M, McGurrin P, Santello M (2014). Corticospinal excitability underlying digit force planning for grasping in humans. Journal of Neurophysiology. 111(12):2560-9. DOI: 10.1152/jn.00815.2013.

Parikh PJ, Cole KJ (2014). Effects of transcranial direct current stimulation in combination with motor practice on dexterous grasping and manipulation in healthy older adults. Physiological Reports. 2(3), DOI: 10.1002/phy2.255.

Parikh PJ, Cole KJ (2013). Transfer of learning between hands to handle a novel object in old age. Experimental Brain Research. 227(1):9-18. DOI: 10.1007/s00221-013-3451-2.

Parikh PJ, Cole KJ (2012). Handling objects in old age: forces and moments acting on the object. Journal of Applied Physiology. 112 (7):1095-104. DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.01385.2011.
Selected for an editorial review. Latash and Johnston (2012). Why did grandpa drop the glass? Journal of Applied Physiology. 112: 1093-1094.

Parikh PJ, Cole KJ (2011). Limited persistence of the sensorimotor memory when transferred across prehension tasks. Neuroscience Letters. 494(2):94-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.neulet.2011.02.066.

Paek A, Parikh PJ, Gailey A, Santello M, Contreras-Vidal J (2015). Predicting Hand Forces from Scalp Electroencephalography During Isometric Grip and Object Grasping. International Graphonomics Society (IGS 2015).

Jing X, Parikh PJ, Yuan L, Trudeau M, Dennerlein JT, Buchholz B (2009). Biomechanical evaluation of the air stretcher as an alternative for the carpet knee kicker. Proceedings of the 17th World Congress on Ergonomics (IEA 2009), Beijing, China. This work was peer-reviewed.


Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) at M. S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India, 2005

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering/Biotechnology with a focus on Biomechanics at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA., 2008

Ph.D. in Integrative Physiology with a focus on Human Motor Control/Neuroscience at University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA., 2012

Postdoctoral training in Neuroscience at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ., 2015