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Matthew Major
Research Health Scientist

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

820 S. Damen Avenue

Chicago, IL 60612


Northwestern University
Associate Professor

Matthew Major

Degrees and Certificates

B.S., Mechanical Engineering M.S., Mechanical Engineering Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering Postdoc, Rehabilitation Engineering Certificate, Executive Business Certificate, Fundamentals of Leadership Certificate, Biostatistics

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Research Statement

My primary research interests include: 1) investigating the sensory-motor mechanisms that underlie postural control in individuals who have neuromuscular or musculoskeletal pathology and use assistive devices; and 2) integrating mechanical characterization of prostheses and orthoses with numerical simulation and human subject testing to explore the fundamental relationships between device properties and user performance. I manage the Prosthetics and Orthotics Rehabilitation Technology Assessment Laboratory (PORTAL) of the NU Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC). I instruct materials science, research methodology, and clinical outcome measures as related to Prosthetics and Orthotics. I mentor NUPOC Master’s of Prosthetics and Orthotics students and supervise their capstone research projects from inception through completion.



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