About Dr. Netta Gurari


Dr. Netta Gurari is a faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University. She leads a multi-disciplinary research team in investigating how humans perceive somatosensory signals, primarily at their upper limbs. This research is executed through behavioral studies and is achieved by integrating tools and knowledge from the areas of robotics, cognitive neuroscience, and physical therapy. The primary goal is to translate the basic science findings to the clinical setting to improve assessment and rehabilitation of sensorimotor impairments in individuals with brain injury. Dr. Gurari brings a unique perspective to this research area given her formal training in and knowledge of the areas of robotics, neuropathophysiology, and physical therapy, as well as her collaborations with engineers, neuroscientists, and physical therapists. As such, researchers in her lab have formal training in the areas of engineering, neuroscience, and physical therapy. Dr. Gurari's academic CV can be found here.

Dr. Gurari received her B.S.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, received her M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Robotics, Brain, and Cognitive Sciences Unit at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. Dr. Gurari’s notable achievements include receiving ~1.5 million dollars from seven unique sources of academic funding, conducting research on three continents in three different languages, archiving her findings in engineering-focused and neuroscience-focused publications, and presenting her research globally. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering Dean’s Fellowship. Since 2018, she is the Principal Investigator of a five-year NIH Career Development Award.