The Plasticity, Monoamines, and Recovery of Function Laboratory (PMRF Lab), directed by Prof. Jacob McPherson, PhD, is housed within the Biomedical Engineering Department at Florida International University. The PMRF Lab conducts both animal and human-subjects neural engineering and neuropathophysiology research. We investigate mechanisms that contribute to neuropathic pain and motor impairments following injury to the central nervous system (CNS), with an emphasis on how sensory and motor systems influence one another in brainstem-spinal circuits. The goal of this work is to develop focused therapeutic strategies that facilitate and direct the intrinsic ability of the CNS to reorganize and repair. Specific research areas include:

Pathologies: stroke, spinal cord injury, and neuropathic pain (as a primary or secondary condition).
Physiology: neural plasticity, sensorimotor integration, monoaminergic neuromodulation of spinal circuits.
Techniques: neural-computer interfaces, electrophysiology (animal and human), neuropharmacology, physical therapy, biophysical signal processing, robotics, magnetic resonance imaging.

Media Coverage

June 08 ’17

Sun Herald This hurricane season could be a big one: Check your home’s defenses.See suggestions by Jose Mitrani, associate professor emeritus in the FIU school of construction. […]

June 04 ’17

Miami Herald Why don’t Miami drivers use turn signals? It’s complicated. See quote by Mohammed Hadi, a professor of transportation engineering at FIU’s College of Engineering and […]

May 30 ’17

The New York Times How First-Generation Students See College – featuring three FIU students which include Julian Rozo, a mechanical engineering major from Bogota, Colombia. […]

May 09 ’17

Miami’s Community Newspapers At FIU, coding and friendship inspire the next generation of women in IT. As the sun begins to set, its light peering slowly through the all-glass wall on the south side of Tech Station […]

Qtr 01 ’17

SPRAYTIME Magazine FIU shines spotlight on Materials Science Research. […]

Apr 27 ’17

NBC 6 South Florida FCC Works to Put an End to Cell Phone Use in Prisons. FIU’s Dr. Iyengar talks to NBC on how the FCC is putting an end to cell phone use in prisons. Watch the video. […]