Chief Research Scientist, Neural Plasticity and Movement

Dr. V. Reggie Edgerton, has over 35 years of expertise in the recovery of sensory and motor function following spinal cord injury. At UCLA, he serves a Vice Chairman and Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Integrated Biology and Physiology, and Member of the Brain Research Institute.

Dr. Edgerton has 430+ peer-reviewed publications in the physiology of neural control of movement and neuromuscular plasticity, and is widely considered the world’s foremost expert in these fields. In addition to being a member of the UCLA faculty since 1968, he has also served as a visiting professor at the University of Goteborg in Sweden, Tokyo Metropolitan Neuroscience Institute, and the Panum Institute of the University of Copenhagen. Professor Edgerton served as a panelist for the National Academy of Sciences task force Decadal Report for NASA.

Dr. Edgerton’s awards include the Annual National Paralysis Foundation Christopher Reeve Award, the University California Irvine/Christopher Reeve National Paralysis Foundation Spinal Cord Research Award, and the National Spinal Cord Injury Association L.W. Freeman Award. He is also the recipient of a Citation Award by the American College of Sports Medicine, has served NASA in a number of roles, and is currently on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the American Paralysis Association and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Dr. Edgerton received a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology at Michigan State University. He joined the faculty of UCLA in 1968.



Robotics, Algorithms & Computer Modeling, Bioengineering & Neural Prosthetics

Dr. Burdick is the Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering at The California Institute of Technology. A faculty member at Cal Tech since 1988 Professor Burdick is known for his work in robotics, control systems and applied algorithms to mechanical and biological systems applying nearly 30 years experience. Professor Burdick has also worked in the area of Brain-Machine Interfaces for over a decade with Prof. Richard Anderson at Caltech, and has collaborated with Prof. Edgerton in the area of spinal cord injury research for more than ten years.

Dr. Burdick received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He joined the faculty at CalTech in 1988.



Lead Animal and Human Research Scientist, Electrical Stimulation

Dr. Gerasimenko is an expert in epidural stimulation in both animals and humans with over 40 years of experience. In addition to his Research Scientist appointment at UCLA, he is Director of the Laboratory of Locomotion at the Pavlov Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia.

He has researched the recovery of function in animal models and patients with injury of the spinal cord with epidural and electromagnetic spinal cord stimulation. Over the years he has completed extensive studies in developing the effective rehabilitative strategy for recovery of injured spinal cord by using combined therapy including epidural spinal cord stimulation, pharmacological intervention, and locomotor training. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers.

Dr. Gerasimenko received a Ph.D. from the Pavlov Institute of Physiology, Leningrad and the Department of Science in Human and Animal Physiology at the Pavlov Institute of Physiology, St. Petersburg, Russia. He joined the Staff of UCLA in 2007.



Lead Animal Research Scientist, Neural Plasticity

Dr. Roy is a Distinguished Scientist in the Brain Research Institute and Co-Director of the Neuromuscular Plasticity Laboratory at UCLA. At the top of his academic scale, he has over 350 research publications in the general area of neuromuscular plasticity with an emphasis in skeletal muscle and motor unit physiology, architecture, and plasticity and spinal cord plasticity. His research has focused on models of chronic increased (e.g., exercise and functional overload) or decreased (e.g., spinal cord injury, spaceflight) levels of neuromuscular activity. He is the head surgeon in Dr. V.R. Edgerton’s Neuromuscular Research Laboratory and has performed a variety of surgical procedures on several animal species including mice, rats, hamsters, rabbits, cats, and monkeys.

Dr. Roy received a Ph.D. in Exercise Biology from Michigan State University. He joined the Staff of UCLA in 1973.



Medical Advisor; Neurosurgical Applications

Dr. Lu is Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery and Co-Director of The Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Center at UCLA. Dr. Lu serves as the chief medical advisor and lead surgeon co-sponsoring epidural and transcutaneous stimulation research on spinal cord injury and stroke patients. Dr. Lu completed a Neurosurgery residency at the University of California, San Francisco in 2009 and a Minimally Invasive Spine Fellowship at the Semmes-Murphy Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee, 2010.

Dr. Lu went received M.D. and Neuroscience Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, San Diego. He joined the faculty at UCLA in 2010.



Electrode Array & Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems

Dr. Yu-Chong Tai is the Anna L. Rosen Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Executive Officer and Professor of Medical Engineering, and Director of the MEMS (Sensors and Actuators) Group at the California Institute of Technology. He is a pioneer in “microelectromechanical systems” (MEMS) and has published on just about every facet of MEMS, including shear-stress sensors, micromachining, thermal sensors, and lab-on-a-chip. His recent research forays are leading him into studies of biological systems at the micro level. Dr. Tai runs the MEMS Laboratory at CalTech and has over 700 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Tai is a graduate of National Taiwan University, and he received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from University of California, Berkeley. He joined the faculty of The California Institute of Technology in 1989.

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