Levi Hargrove, PhD

Levi Hargrove, PhD

Director, Center for Bionic Medicine (CBM)
Director, Neural Engineering for Prosthetics and Orthotics Lab
Associate Professor, Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Engineering, Northwestern University
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About Me

Dr. Hargrove is Director of the Center for Bionic Medicine and of the Neural Engineering for Prosthetics and Orthotics Laboratory at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. He is also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.

A major goal of his research is to develop clinically realizable myoelectric control systems that can be made available to persons with limb loss in the near future. His research addresses all levels of amputation and has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine and multiple patents. Key projects include the development of advanced and adaptive control systems for prosthetic legs, improving control of robotic hand prostheses, and intramuscular EMG signal processing. In 2012, Dr. Hargrove co-founded Coapt, a company to transition advanced rehabilitation technologies from the research lab to patients’ homes.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    1998 - 2003
    Electrical Engineering, University of New Brunswick
    2003 - 2005
    Electrical Engineering, University of New Brunswick
    2005 - 2008
    Electrical Engineering, University of New Brunswick

Recent Publications

Large-area MRI-compatible epidermal electronic interfaces for prosthetic control and cognitive monitoring.
Tian L, Zimmerman B, Akhtar A, Yu KJ, Moore M, Wu J, Larsen RJ, Lee JW, Li J, Liu Y, Metzger B, Qu S, Guo X, Mathewson KE, Fan JA, Cornman J, Fatina M, Xie Z, Ma Y, Zhang J, Zhang Y, Dolcos F, Fabiani M, Gratton G, Bretl T, Hargrove LJ, Braun PV, Huang Y, Rogers JA
doi: 10.1038/s41551-019-0347-x
Adapting myoelectric control in real-time using a virtual environment.
Woodward RB, Hargrove LJ
doi: 10.1186/s12984-019-0480-5

Honors & Awards

  • Young Professional Award
    Association of Professional Engineerings and Geoscientists of New Brunwick, 2014
  • MHSRS Team Award for Outstanding Research Accomplishment
    United States Army, 2015
  • Collaboration Award
    Chicago Innovation Awards, 2015
  • Research Award
    American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists, 2018

Selected Patents

  • Ambulation Prediction Controller for Assistive Device
    9,443,203 B2
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2016
  • Systems and Methods of Myoelectric Prosthesis Control
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2014
  • Autoconfiguration of Pattern-Recognition Controlled Myoelectric Prostheses
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • Professional Engineer
    Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick, 2008
  • Member
    IEEE, 2001
  • Member
    International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, 2011

Research Interests

  • Control of Bionic Limbs
  • Biological Signal Processing
  • Pattern Recognition

Selected Grants

  • National Institutes of Health
    R01HD079428-01, 2014 - 2018
  • National Science Foundation
    1317379, 2013 - 2018
  • US Army
    W81XWH-14-C-0105, 2014 - 2017
  • US Army
    MR140057, 2015 - 2017
  • National Institutes of Health
    R01 HD081525-01, 2014 - 2019