Harvard Medical School & Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital


Our Team and Collaborators

We are an interdisciplinary team of engineers, physiologists, neuroscientists, and clinicians that share a common vision: to create meaningful technologies that promoting recovery in persons with catastrophic injury to their brain or spinal cord.

Melissa DeChellis, BS
Research Assistant

Ms. DeChellis is a clinical biologist. She is a certified phlebotomist. Ms. DeChellis has expertise in clinical trial recruitment and management. Ms. DeChellis is joining the team in December.

Tony Corsten, MS
Research Engineer

Tony Corsten is a Research Engineer within the INSPIRE Lab at Harvard Medical School and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He completed his MS in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2018.

Jim Papadopoulus, PhD
Design Engineer

Jim Papadopoulus is a Mechanical Engineer. He earned his BS, PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT, MS degree from Johns Hopkins. Jim completed his postdoctoral training with Andy Ruina at Cornell. Dr. Papadopoulus is a mechanist interested in the study of human movement and locomotion.

Stella Barth, BS
Research Assistant

Stella is a clinical research assistant at the INSPIRE Lab at Harvard Medical School and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital . She received her BA degree in Neurobiology from Harvard College and has experience as a secondary school science educator. Her research interests include neuroplasticity, neurorehabilitation, glia, and developmental neurology.

Randy D Trumbower, PT, PhD

Dr. Trumbower is Director of the INSPIRE Laboratory. He has a MS in Physical Therapy from Duke University, MS, PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from University of Connecticut, and postdoc training with Drs. Rymer and Perreault at RIC/Northwestern University. Randy is Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School and Adj Associate Professor at MGH-Institute for Health Professions.

Andrew Tan, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Andrew Tan is a Postdoctoral Fellow within the INSPIRE Lab at Harvard Medical School and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University in 2015. Dr. Tan is a neuromechanist interested in quantifying mechanisms of plasticity after injury to the spinal cord.

Kaila Ryan, BS
Graduate Student

Kaila is a doctoral student in physical therapy at MGH Institute for Health Professions. She received her BS degree in Mathematics from Colorado College.

Andrea Christoforou, PT, PhD

Dr. Christoforou is a postdoctoral fellow studying genetic markers in rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Ross Zafonte, DO

Dr. Zafonte is the Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation & VP for Medical Affairs at Harvard Medical School. He is Principal Investigator for the New England Spinal Cord Injury Model System.

Chloe Slocum, MD, MPH

Dr. Slocum is a Physiatrist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care Cambridge. Dr. Slocum also holds an appointment at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Ayanna Howard, PhD

Dr. Howard is Professor within the Institute for Robotics & Intelligent Machines at Georgia Institute of Technology. She also is CTO at Zyrobotics, LLC. Dr. Howard has collaborated with the INSPIRE lab for more than 5 years on development technologies to enhance motor recovery after spinal cord injury.

Paolo Bonato, PhD

Dr. Bonato is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School
He is Director of the Movement Analysis Laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.


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