Meet the Team

The Abilities Research Center (ARC) is comprised of expert clinicians and researchers from different backgrounds all dedicated to maximizing the performance of individuals by implementing the latest technological solutions. Our goal is to find cures for chronic neurological disabilities or maximizing the performance of athletes.

Principal Investigators

Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Adam Fry, PhD, obtained his doctorate in Kinesiology from Loughborough University in England, having completed his undergraduate studies in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. He previously served in the departments of Neurology and Neurological Surgery at Stony Brook University in New York. Dr. Fry is currently working on a variety of human performance and translational research projects.

Clinical Research Coordinator

  • Leila Nasr graduated from Lehman College in 2017 with a degree in Exercise Science. She brings her experience in research and physical therapy to her position at the ARC.

Research Fellow

  • Laura Tabacof, MD is a medical doctor who completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Sao Paulo University Medical School in Brazil. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Abilities Research Center, Laura is currently investigating the role of robotic technology and non-invasive brain stimulation in the recovery of patients with spinal cord injury.

Visiting Scholars

  • Sophie Dewil graduated from Vassar College with a dual major in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. She has conducted research at Vassar College, Columbia University, and the University of Indiana. She is currently assisting with research projects focusing on upper limb rehabilitation following spinal cord injury.
  • Gianluca Di Rosario, MS received a bachelor’s degree in Sport Sciences, Master Degree in Health and Wellness at University of Brescia, Italy. He is currently conducting research projects focusing on Exoskeleton Assisted Walking for SCI inpatient rehabilitation and posturography evaluations for SCI people. His activity is presently focused on the improvement of health and lifestyles through physical training, sports and/or recreation activities for different categories of people, from sedentary to athletes, to those affected by metabolic and psychiatric pathologies or cancer, as a way of disease prevention and medical therapy support.
  • Mark Boodram
  • Anil Ramparain
  • Taylor Patterson, prior Clinical Research Coordinator, completed her bachelor's degree in Chemistry at Williams College where she concentrated in pre-medical studies. She aided in recruitment and conducted ongoing research studies.


The Abilities Research Center works closely with many collaborators who are affiliated with the Mount Sinai Health System and with others who are outside of the Health System. We develop innovative solutions for our patients; we believe that interdisciplinary, inter-departmental, and inter-institutional collaboration is necessary for successful, timely innovation in neurorehabilitation. Our collaborators include:

Within the Mount Sinai Health System

Outside of the Mount Sinai Health System

  • Hao Su, ME, PhD
    Assistant Professor at City College of New York

  • John Krakauer, MD
    Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

  • Gary Thickbroom, MSc, PhD
    Visiting Professor in Neuroscience, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Cornell University

  • Gustavo Moviglia, MD, PhD
    Professor at the Center for Research in Tissue Engineering and Cellular Therapy at Maimónides University

  • Dimitris Kiosses, PhD
    Associate Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College

  • Hermano Igo Krebs, PhD
    Principal Research Scientist at MIT

  • Marom Bikson, MD
    Co-director of Neural Engineering at The City College of New York and the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering

  • Dylan Edwards, PhD
    Director of Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute

  • Tim Vartanian, MD, PhD
    Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at the Brain and Mind Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University