Prior to joining the faculty at FIU, McPherson completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA, where he was Senior Fellow of Physiology and Biophysics and a Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation Scholar of Integrative Biophysics. McPherson holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, and a B.S. in Applied Sciences/Biomedical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. McPherson’s research focuses on revealing neuropathophysiological changes that contribute to motor and sensory impairments following injury to the central nervous system. His work integrates engineering approaches such as robotics, neural-computer interfaces and medical imaging with neuropharmacology, biophysics, and physical therapy. At FIU, McPherson will explore the interrelationships between motor and sensory systems following brain and spinal cord injury, using a combination of animal models and individuals with and without injury. The ultimate goal of his work is to design technology-driven interventions that improve quality of life by directly addressing the underlying mechanisms of impairment.
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