Rehabilitation and Neural Engineering Laboratory

Chaitanya Gopinath, PhD

Dr. Chaitanya is a postdoctoral associate in the Rehabilitation and Neural Engineering lab at the University of Pittsburgh. He began his postdoctoral research work completing his PhD in Neuro-urology and Regenerative Medicine in 2015 at the University of Antwerp, Belgium where he was a Marie-Curie Research Fellow. 

Research Interest Summary

Neuro-urology, neural control of lower urinary tract, spinal cord, bladder and urinary physiology

Research Interests

Dr. Chaitanya is interested in studying the physiological behavior of lower urinary tract including ureter, bladder and urethra, and their coordination during voiding in healthy and pathological states. He uses epineural and peripheral nerve interfaces to tackle neurogenic bladder dysfunction in experimental large animal models. Stimulation at dorsal root ganglia and peripheral nerves are some of the methods employed to restore complete continence and micturition. The goal of his work is to develop an implantable neuroprosthesis capable of handling both sensory and motor functions involved in both phases of continence and micturition.