Ming Wu, PhD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Ming Wu

Ming Wu, PhD

  • Research Scientist, SMPP, RIC
  • Research Associate Professor, PM&R, Feinberg School of Medicine, NU


Education, Residency and Internship


Gansu University of Technology, Lanzhou, P.R.China, BS, Mechanical Engineering (Hydraulic Machine)
Tsinghua University, Beijing, P.R.China, MS, Mechanical Engineering (Rehabilitation Engineering)
Tsinghua University, Beijing, P.R.China, PhD, Mechanical Engineering (Human Biodynamic)


Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, Post Doctoral , Biomedical Engineering

Honors & Awards

2011 -
“Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research”, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

2006 -
“Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research”, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

2003-2006 - Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Northwestern University.

2005 - “Switzer Distinguished Research Fellowship”, The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research/Department of Education

2005 - Individual Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Paralyzed Veteran of America Research Foundation.

2005 - “Sarah Baskin Award for Excellence in Research”, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

2002 - First-level scholarship of Tsinghua University-Deli Electron scholarships.

2001 - “Best Paper Award”, Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Engineering, Beijing, China.

2001 - Excellent Student Award of Beijing City, Beijing, China.

2001 - 12.9 Assistant Award of Tsinghua University.

2000 - First-level scholarship of Tsinghua University- Lianxin scholarship.

1994 - First-level scholarship of Tsinghua University- Guanghua scholarship.


Peer-reviewed Journal Papers

Wu, M., Kim, J., Arora, P., Gaebler-Spira, D.J., Zhang, Y. Providing controlled pelvis and leg assistance during treadmill training improves overground walking speed in children with cerebral palsy, Neural Plasticity, 2016, accepted.

Wu, M., Landry JM., Kim, J., Schmit, BD., Yen, S.C., McDonald, J., Zhang, Y., Repeat exposure of leg swing perturbation during treadmill training induced long term retention of increased step length in human SCI: a pilot randomized controlled study, Am J of Phys Med and Rehabil, 2016, May 4. [Epub ahead of print].

Yen, S., Schmit, B.D., Wu, M. Using swing resistance and assistance to improve gait symmetry in patients post stroke, Human Movement Science, 2015, 42, 212-224.  

Yen, S., Landry, J.M., Wu, M. Multisensory feedback enhances retention of locomotor adaptation in humans with incomplete spinal cord injury, Human Movement Science, 2014, 35: 80-93. 

Yang Z, Wang R, Wu M, Guan X, Ji R. Simulation of coordination between human and exoskeleton, J of Chem and Pharma Res. 2014, 6: 434-438.

Wu, M., Landry, J.M., Kim, J., Schmit, B.D., Yen, S., MacDonald, J. Robotic resistance/assistance training improves locomotor function in individuals post stroke: a randomized controlled study, Arch of Phys Med and Rehab, 2014, 95: 799-806.

Yen, S., Landry, J.M., Wu, M.  Size of Kinematic Error Affects Retention of Locomotor Adaptation in Human SCI, J of Rehab Res and Develop, 2013, 50: 1187-200.

Wu, M., Landry, J.M., Schmit, B.D, Hornby, T.G., Yen, S., Robotic resistance treadmill training improves locomotor function in human SCI: a pilot study, Arch of Phys Med and Rehab, 2012, 93: 782-9.

Yen, S., Schmit, B.D., Landry, J.M., Roth, H., Wu, M., Locomotor adaptation to resistance during treadmill training transfers to overground walking in human SCI, Exp Brain Res, 2012, 216: 473-82.

Wu, M., Gordon, K.E., Kahn, J.H., Schmit, B.D. Enhanced sensory feedback from hip flexor afferents improves locomotor output in human SCI, Clin Neurophysiol, 122: 1421-8, 2011.

Wu, M., Hornby, T.G. Landry J.M., Roth H, Schmit, B.D. A cable-driven locomotor training system for restoration of gait in human SCI, Gait & Posture, 33: 256-60, 2011.

Gordon K.E., Wu M., Kahn J.H., Schmit B.D. Feedback and feedforward locomotor adaptations to ankle-foot load in people with incomplete spinal cord injury. J of Neurophysiol, 104: 1325-38, 2010.

Wu, M. Schmit B.D. Reflex response to imposed hip and knee motion in human spinal cord injury. J of Rehab Res and Develop, 47, 117-132, 2010. 

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