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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.

Randy D Trumbower, PT, PhD
Director

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.

Lu Wan, PhD
Systems Engineer

Lu Wan is an Electrical Engineer and Computer Scientist. She earned her MS, PhD in electrical and biomedical engineering from the University of Florida

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.

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.

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.

Chelsea Zhang, BS
Graduate Student

Chelsea is a doctoral student in physical therapy at MGH Institute for Health Professions. She received her BS degree in kinesiology from Penn State University.

Justin Montgomery, BS
Graduate Student

Justin is a doctoral student in physical therapy at MGH Institute for Health Professions. He competed his BDS degree in kinesiology from San Diego State University.

Emily Elandt, BS
Graduate Student

Emily is a doctoral student in physical therapy at MGH Institute for Health Professions. He competed his BDS degree in kinesiology from San Diego State University.

Andrea Christoforou, PT, PhD
Collaborator

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

Gordon Mitchell, PhD
Collaborator

Dr. Mitchell collaborated with the INSPIRE Lab for more than 10 years.

Professor of Physical Therapy, Preeminence Professor of Neuroscience, and Director of the Center for Respiratory Research and Rehabilitation

University of Florida

Andy Taylor, PhD
Collaborator

Dr. Taylor is Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He also is the Director of the Cardiovascular Lab at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Ayanna Howard, PhD
Collaborator

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
Collaborator

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.

Ross Zafonte, DO
Collaborator

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
Collaborator

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

Can Ozan Tan, PhD
Collaborator

Dr. Tan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He is Director of the TANLAB.

 

Lorna Brown, DPT, GCS
Research Coordinator

Dr. Brown is the senior physical therapist and research coordinator for the INSPIRE Lab. She has tremendous experience with clinical trial management.

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