My name is Sushmita Purkayastha and currently I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Physiology & Wellness and the director of Cerebrovascular Research Laboratory in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University.
Prior to joining SMU in 2014, I was a NIH T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Translational research in Aging at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. I received my Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences from the Department of Integrative Physiology at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. I received a M.S. degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Texas at Arlington and a M.Sc degree in Physiology from University of Calcutta, India.
My research focusses on cerebral blood flow regulation and the role of autonomic nervous system in mild traumatic brain injury. More specifically we examine the link between impaired blood flow to the brain and its association with the manifestation of clinical symptoms acutely and sub-acutely following sports related concussion in young adults. My overarching research goal is to identify objective markers for diagnosis and management of concussion and design interventions to expedite recovery and prevent long-term second-impact syndrome.