New Faculty Member Starting January 1, 2020
Marco Capogrosso, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery. He completed his doctoral studies in Biomedical Engineering and Robotics at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy. His PhD work focused on the implementation of a computational framework to support the design of peripheral and central neural interfaces for sensory and motor applications.
Dr. Capogrosso completed his post-doctoral training at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland where he worked on the development of brain spinal interfaces for the restoration of voluntary motor control in animal models of spinal cord injury. Before Joining the University of Pittsburgh, he directed his own research group as a research faculty at the primate center of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Dr Capogrosso was part of the managing team of the Muli-Centric primate platform helping directing the activities of the platform and being responsible for the set-up of its laboratories.
Research Interest Summary
Neuroprothetics, Computer Models of Electrical Stimulation, arm paralysis, Spinal Cord Injury, Brain Computer Interfaces, Motor control
Dr. Capogrosso research interests broadly involve the study of the interactions between electrical stimulation and the dynamics of neural circuits. Specifically, he is interested in the use and development of computational models to support the design of effective neurotechnologies with a particular focus on the restoration of restore sensory and motor function after neural damage or disease. For his work he parallels computer simulations with experiments in animal models and human patients.
At the moment he is particularly focused on the development of neurotechnologies for the restoration of arm and hand functions after motor paralysis