Jennifer Collinger, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at
the University of Pittsburgh and a Research Biomedical Engineer at the VA R&D Center of Excellence.
Specialized Areas of Interest
Brain-computer interface (BCI), spinal cord injury,
neurorehabilitation, assistive technology, neuroprosthetics
Professional Organization Membership
Society of Neuroscience
Education & Training
BS, Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
PhD, Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2009
Honors and Awards
Manuscript selected as a Journal of Neural Engineering Highlight Article. 2016
Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award; The Clinical Research Forum, 2013
Breakthrough Award; Popular Mechanics Magazine, 2012
Excellence in research Writing, Honorable Mention
Downey JE, Weiss J, Muelling K, Venkataraman A, Valois J-S, Hebert M, Bagnell JA, Schwartz AB, Collinger JL.
Blending of brain-machine interface and vision-guided autonomous robotics improves neuroprosthetic arm
performance during grasping. J Neuroeng Rehabil 2016; 13: 18.
Foldes S, Weber DJ, Collinger JL. Magnetoencephalography-based neurofeedback for hand rehabilitation. J
Neuroeng Rehabil. 2015; 12: 85.
Wodlinger B, Downey JE, Tyler-Kabara EC, Schwartz AB, Boninger ML, Collinger JL. Ten-dimensional
anthropomorphic arm control in a human brain-machine interface: difficulties, solutions, and limitations. J
Neural Eng. 2015; 12: 016011.
Collinger JL, Vinjamuri R, Degenhart AD, Weber DJ, Sudre GP, Boninger ML, Tyler-Kabara EC, Wang W.
Motor-related brain activity during action observation: a neural substrate for electrocorticographic
brain-computer interfaces after spinal cord injury. Front Integr Neurosci 2014; 8(17): 1-10.
Dr. Collinger’s research interests are related to the use of neuroprosthetics to restore function for individuals
with upper limb paralysis or loss. She is developing intracortical brain-computer interface technology for
individuals with tetraplegia. Her work also includes non-invasive imaging for measuring neuroplasticity after
spinal cord injury or amputation. Dr. Collinger’s research is conducted at the Rehab Neural Engineering Labs
Dr. Collinger's publications on PubMed.