Jennifer Collinger, PhD
Assistant Professor

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

Selected Publications
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.

Research Activites
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.