Overview and Ongoing Projects

We use a combination of techniques—quantitative analysis of movement, neuroimaging, and brain stimulation—to investigate motor system injury and its functional consequences after stroke. We are grounded in neuroscience and focused on clinical translation.
 
Active projects in the lab include:
  1. A longitudinal natural history study of upper extremity motor recovery from acute to chronic phases after stroke paired with serial technological assessments (MR Imaging/EEG/Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation/Kinematic Analysis)
  2. Investigation of a novel EEG-based brain-computer interface to engage neuroplasticity for stroke survivors
  3. A clinical trial of a functional near-infrared spectroscopy(fNIRs) system to engage cortical motor networks for arm and hand rehabilitation

Core Faculty and Staff

David J. Lin, MD
Principal Investigator
Director, MGH Neurorecovery Clinic | Neuro-intensivist, Mass General
Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Kimberly Erler, PhD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Julie A. DiCarlo, MS
Lab Manager
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
Amelia Gerson, BA
Occupational Therapy Student
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Taya Hamilton, PT
Physical Therapist/Clinical Neurotechnology Consultant
Clinical Research Coordinator II
Hannah Jacobs, BA
Occupational Therapy Student
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Marina Petrilli, BA
Occupational Therapy Student
MGH Institute of Health Professions

Collaborators

Leigh Hochberg, MD, PhD
Director, Center for Neurotechnology and Neurorecovery, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Director, VA RR&D Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology, Rehabilitation R&D Service, Providence VA Medical Center
Professor of Engineering, Brown University
Senior Lecturer on Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Professor
Director, Brain Recovery Lab
Department of Physical Therapy
MGH Institute of Health Professions

Dagmar Sternad, PhD
University Distinguished Professor in Biology
Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Physics
Northeastern University
 
Paul A. Maeder Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Lab Alumni

Alison Cloutier, Clinical Research Coordinator
Subsequent Position: Biomedical Engineer, Industry

Nicole Lam, Occupational Therapy Student
Subsequent Position: Staff Occupational Therapist, Massachusetts General Hospital

Iris Wu, Clinical Research Coordinator
Subsequent Position: Medical Student, Harvard Medical School

Publications

See the latest publications from our laboratory.

Open Research Positions

We are always looking for passionate and talented individuals to join our group. Please send an email to LTNr Lab Manager Julie Dicarlo at jdicarlo2@mgh.harvard.edu with your interest and CV.

Funding

Work in the Lin Lab is currently supported by the American Academy of Neurology, the Andrew David Heitman Foundation, the American Society of Neurorehabilitation, the Veterans Health Administration, the Mass General Center for Neurotechnology and Neurorecovery, and the Mass General Department of Neurology.
 
Dr. Lin has received past support from the American Heart Association/Northeast Cerebrovascular Consortium and the National Institutes of Health.