Alyssa Bird, 2nd year PhD student in Rehabilitation Science (specialization: Musculoskeletal Biomechanics) has been awarded the Julius R. and Patricia A. Krevans Fellowship from the UCSF Graduate Division. This competitive fellowship rewards excellence in research. Candidates are evaluated for prior academic achievements and potential for future contributions to the health science field. The Fellowship includes a $10,000 stipend.
Alyssa obtained her B.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2017. Later that year, she joined the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science as part of the first Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science cohort. Alyssa is currently specializing in musculoskeletal biomechanics, focusing her research interests on determining the relationship between muscle quality and disease severity in individuals with hip osteoarthritis. Her research utilizes quantitative MRI and motion analysis to better understand how muscle composition is related to patient function.