Robert Gaunt, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Gaunt received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alberta in 2008 and received his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Douglas Weber at the University of Pittsburgh. He maintains a secondary appointment with the Department of Bioengineering.
Research Interest Summary
neuroprostheses, sensorimotor control, bladder function, electrical stimulation
Dr. Gaunt’s primary research interests are in the area of sensorimotor control and developing advanced neural interfaces with the brain and peripheral nerves for sensory restoration and motor control. He also works on developing methods to improve bladder function using electrical stimulation of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves. The goal of this work is to understand how humans normally accomplish complex sensorimotor tasks, test these principles using neuroprosthetic technologies, and ultimately leverage this knowledge to develop devices to restore and improve function.