Nina L. Suresh, PhD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Nina L. Suresh, PhD

  • Research Scientist, SMPP, RIC


Education, Residency and Internship


University of Illinois Chicago, IL, BS (summa cum laude), Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Illinois Chicago, IL, PhD, Biomedical Engineering

Additional Information

Research Lab

Professional Memberships

Member,   Society for Neuroscience

Member,   IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

Honors & Awards

Outstanding Young Women of America                                            1987

NRSA Fellowship                                  NIH                                   1999-2002


Peer-reviewed Publications
Hu X, Rymer WZ, Suresh NL Motor Unit Firing Rate Patterns During Voluntary Muscle Force Generation: A Simulation Study. J Neural Eng, 2014 Apr;11(2):026015. doi: 10.1088/1741-2560/11/2/026015. Epub 2014 Mar 24.

Miller DM, Klein CS, Suresh NL and WZ Rymer Asymmetries in vestibular evoked myogenic potentials in chronic stroke survivors with spastic hypertonia: evidence for a vestibulospinal role. Clin Neurophysiol, 2014 Oct;125(10):2070-8. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2014.01.035. Epub 2014 Mar 12.

Chardon MK, Rymer WZ, and NL Suresh Quantifying the Deep Tendon Reflex Using Varying Tendon Indentation Depths: Applications to Spasticity IEEE Trans on Neural Systems Rehabil Eng . 2014 Mar;22(2):280-.

Mottram CJ, Heckman CJ, Powers RK, Rymer WZ and Suresh NL Disturbances of Motor Unit Rate Modulation are Prevalent in Muscles of Spastic-Paretic Stroke Survivors. J Neurophysiol. 2014 Feb.

Hu X, Rymer WZ, Suresh NL. Accuracy assessment of a surface electromyogram decomposition system in human first dorsal interosseus muscle. J Neural Eng. Feb 21;11(2) 2014.

Hu X, Rymer WZ, Suresh NL Assessment of validity of a high-yield surface electromyogram decomposition. J Neuroeng Rehabil 10 (99), 2013. PMID: 24059856

Hu X, Rymer WZ, Suresh NL Reliability of spike triggered averaging of the surface electromyogram for motor unit action potential estimation. Muscle and Nerve 48: 557-570, 2013. PMID: 23424086

Hu X, Rymer WZ, Suresh NL Motor unit pool organization examined via spike triggered averaging of the surface electromygram. J Neurophysiol 110: 1205-1220, 2013. PMID: 23699053

Li X, Wang Y, Suresh NL, Rymer WZ, Zhou P. Motor unit number reductions in paretic muscles of stroke survivors. IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine 15(4): 505-12, 2011. PMID: 21478079

Zhou P, Suresh NL, Lowery M, and Rymer WZ. Nonlinear filtering of multi-channel EMG signals at low muscle contraction levels. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 56(7): 1871-1879, 2009. PMID: 19342344

Zhou P, Suresh NL and Rymer WZ. Model based sensitivity analysis of EMG-Force relation with respect to motor unit properties: Applications to Muscle Paresis in Stroke. Annals of Biomed Eng 35(9): 1521-1531, 2007. PMID: 17530407

Zhou P, Suresh NL and Rymer WZ. Surface electromyogram analysis of the direction of isometric torque generation by the first dorsal interosseous muscle. J of Neural Eng 8(3):1-10, 2011. PMID: 21566274

Mottram CJ, Suresh NL, Heckman CJ, Gorassini MA and Rymer WZ. Origins of abnormal excitability in biceps brachii motoneurons of spastic-paretic stroke survivors. J Neurophysiol 102: 2026-2038, 2009. PMID: 19587321

Kutch JJ, Suresh NL, Bloch A, Rymer WZ. Analysis of the effects of firing rate and synchronization on spike-triggered averaging of multidirectional motor unit torque. J Comput Neurosci 22:347-361, 2007. PMID: 17377834

Suresh NL, Ellis MD, Moore J, Heckman H, and Rymer WZ. Excitatory synaptic potentials in spastic human motoneurons have a short rise-time. Muscle Nerve 32: 99-103, 2005. PMID: 15786417

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