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Elisa Gonzalez-Rothi, DPT, PhD, PT

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Physical Therapy
University of Florida


Phone: 352-273-6085

Lead Mentor

G. Mitchell, PhD

Research Areas

Development of effective therapies to treat motor deficits following chronic spinal cord injury

  • 2004 BS, Psychology, University of Florida
  • 2007 DPT, Physical Therapy, University of Miami
  • 2013 PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Florida


Research Funding

K12HD055929 (Ottenbacher) 09/25/07 - 08/31/17 National Institutes of Health Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program The goal of this program is to prepare Scholars, trained Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists, to initiate successful and independent careers as rehabilitation researchers. Role: Scholar (2015-present)

Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (Bolser) 09/16-08/19 NIH Commons Fund Functional mapping of peripheral and central circuits for airway protection and breathing In this project, our goal is to understand fundamental principles of modulation and plasticity in afferent pathways, brain networks and efferent systems controlling breathing and airway defense. Role: Co-Investigator

W81XWH-14-1-0625 (Reier) 09/14-09/16 (current NCE) Department of Defense - Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) Plasticity and Activation of Spared Intraspinal Respiratory Circuits Following Spinal Cord Injury This project focuses on developing methods for intraspinal electrical stimulation of the spinal cord as means to driving phrenic motor output after cervical spinal cord injury. Role: Investigator

Internal - University of Florida (Ashizawa) 04/01/16 - 03/31/16 Florida Department of Health Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust of Florida Cervical spinal cord repair - path to translation This project uses spinal electrical stimulation to induce neural plasticity and promote recovery of respiratory function after cervical spinal cord injury Role: Co-Investigator

Completed (past 3 years)
NS80180 (Fuller) 01/14-04/16 NIH/NINDS Research Supplement to Promote Diversity The goal of this program is to provide research training and mentorship to postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented backgrounds. Role: Postdoctoral Trainee

Publications (past 5 years)

Mercier LM, Gonzalez-Rothi EJ, Streeter KA, Poirier AS, Baekey DD, Reier PJ, Fuller DD (2016). Intraspinal microstimulation and diaphragm activation following cervical spinal cord injury. J Neurophysiol. In Press, Accepted November 2016.

Kloefkorn HE, Pettengill TR, Turner SM, Streeter KA, Gonzalez-Rothi EJ, Fuller DD, Allen KD (2016). Automated gait analysis through hues and areas (AGATHA): A method to characterize the spatiotemporal pattern of rat gait. Ann Biomed Eng. Epub ahead of print.

Dougherty BJ, Gonzalez-Rothi EJ, Lee KZ, Ross HH, Reier PJ, Fuller DD (2016). Respiratory outcomes after mid-cervical transplantation of embryonic medullary cells in rats with cervical spinal cord injury. Exp Neurol. 278:22-26. PMCID: PMC4791580

Gonzalez-Rothi EJ, Armstrong GT, Cerreta AJ, Fitzpatrick GM, Reier PJ, Lane MA, Fuller DD (2016). Forelimb muscle plasticity following unilateral cervical spinal cord injury. Muscle and Nerve. 53(3): 475-478. PMCID: PMC4733411

Smuder A, Gonzalez-Rothi EJ, Kwon OS, Morton A, Sollanek K, Powers S, Fuller DD (2016). Cervical spinal cord injury exacerbates ventilator-induced diaphragm dysfunction. J Appl Physiol. 120(2):166-177. PMCID:PMC4719055

Gonzalez-Rothi EJ, Lee KZ, Dale EA, Mitchell GS, Fuller DD (2015). Intermittent hypoxia and Neurorehabilitation. J Appl Physiol. 119(2):1455-1465. PMCID: PMC4683349

Gonzalez-Rothi EJ, Rombola AM, Rousseau AC, Mercier LM, Fitzpatrick GM, Reier PJ, Fuller DD, Lane MA (2015). Spinal Interneurons and Forelimb plasticity following incomplete cervical spinal cord injury in adult rats. J Neurotrauma. 32(12):893-907.

Gill, L.C., Ross, H.H., Lee, K.Z., Gonzalez-Rothi, E.J., Dougherty, B.J., Judge, A.R., & Fuller, D.D. (2014). Rapid diaphragm atrophy following cervical spinal cord hemisection. Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology, 192:66-73.

Sandhu, M.S., Lee, K.Z., Gonzalez-Rothi, E.J., Lane, M.A., Reier, P.J., & Fuller, D.D. (2013). Repeated intravenous doxapram induces phrenic motor facilitation. Experimental Neurology, 250:108-15.

Dougherty, B.J., Lee, K.Z., Gonzalez-Rothi, E.J., Lane, M.A., Reier, P.J., & Fuller, D.D. (2012). Recovery of inspiratory intercostal muscle activity following high cervical hemisection. Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology, 183(3):186-92.

Complete list of published work in MyBibliography

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