Rasha El-Kotob

El-KotobRasha was born and raised in Lebanon. She moved to Canada when she was a teenager in July 2004. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Waterloo in Honours Kinesiology, Co-operative Program. One of her co-op work placements was in Professor Molly Verrier’s SCIMobility Lab at Toronto Rehab Institute-Lyndhurst Centre (TRI-LC). TRI-LC is a research institution and a rehabilitation facility specializing in spinal cord injury (SCI) and clinical research. At TRI-LC her interests in exercise and mobility, stemming from her academic background in kinesiology, were paired with a budding interest in rehabilitation science and specifically the physical challenges facing the SCI population. Here she discovered that her future academic and professional goals align within a clinical research environment and in the rehabilitation context. She has recently started her MSc in the Rehabilitation Science program at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Professor Molly Verrier. Her research will focus on heart rate variability and exercise in the SCI population.