Laura Miller, CP, PhD

Laura Miller, CP, PhD

Team Scientist II/Prosthetist
Associate Professor

About Me

Dr. Miller is a prosthetist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University. She currently provides patient care in the Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinical Center and is a scientist and prosthetist leading research on the control and fitting of advanced upper-limb prostheses at the Center for Bionic Medicine.

Dr. Miller has multiple publications in the areas of normal human locomotion, lower limb prosthetics and high-level upper-limb prosthetic fittings. She is a member of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics and the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists and its Midwest Chapter. She is also a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the American Society of Biomechanics. She is an American Board Certified and Illinois licensed prosthetist. 


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    1988 - 1992
    Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University
    1992 - 2003
    Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
    Prosthetics Certificate, Northwestern University

Honors & Awards

  • Pre-Doctoral Associated Health Rehabilitation Research Fellow
    Department of Veterans Affairs, 1998 - 1999
  • Whitaker Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering
    Whitaker Foundation, 1993 - 1998

Professional Affiliations

  • Member
    International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics, US Chapter
  • Member
    American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Senior Member

Research Interests

  • Upper limb prosthesis design and control
  • Lower limb prosthetic gait analysis
  • Osseointegration prostheses

Current Grant Awards

  • CDMRP (Department of Defense)
    Comparison of Upper Limb Virtual Outcome Measures and Control Accuracy to Physical Outcome Measures With A Prosthesis, 2023 - 2027
  • CDMRP (Department of Defense)
    The Functional Importance of Powered Wrist Flexion for Transradial Prosthetic Users, 2019 - 2023
  • NIH R01
    The Functional Importance of Powered Wrist Flexion for Upper Limb Prostheses. The overall goal of this project is to develop a safe and intuitive control system that predicts how the user wishes to ambulation. Role: Co-Investigator, 2018 - 2023
    Technologies to Evaluate and Advance Manipulation and Mobility (TEAMM). The goal of TEAMM-RERC is to develop and evaluate robust technologies that target technology gaps, meet user need, and are designed for commercialization. Role: Co-Investigator, 2018 - 2023
  • The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) Small Grant Program
    A Pilot Investigation to Determine if Pathogens are Present on Gel Liners Worn by Amputees. Role: Principal Investigator, 2019 - 2020

Regenstein Foundation Center for Bionic Medicine

Our vision is to develop, evaluate, and translate transformative technology to advance human ability

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