Melissa Sandison is a PhD candidate in the department of Biomedical Engineering at The Catholic University of America. Her research centers on stroke neurorehabilitation. Melissa is currently developing a 3D printed hand exoskeleton robot for at home stoke therapy. Melissa is also interested in the neurophysiological changes after stroke and subsequent brain plasticity as an outcome of robotic therapy. Melissa utilizes electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG) to investigate such changes.
Melissa completed a Masters by Research in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Her research focused on lower limb stroke rehabilitation. Specifically, she developed a system to provide point of care gait kinematic and spatiotemporal feedback from a 3D motion capture system. This was used by orthotists when tuning custom made ankle foot orthoses.